Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Mathew Carey, 28 October 1819

To Mathew Carey

Monticello Oct. 28. 19.

Th: Jefferson has recieved from mr Carey the Epictetus of mrs Carter & the Sophocles of Potter; and prays him to send him by mail, Charles Thompson’s translation of the old & new testament, volume by volume, a week apart to avoid burthening our village mail, beginning with the 1st vol. he had rather have them in boards1 than bound. he salutes him with friendship & respect.

RC (ViU: TJP); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by Carey as answered 19 Nov. 1819. Not recorded in SJL under its date, but possibly corresponding to the otherwise unlocated letter to Carey listed at 31 Oct. 1819 with the notation: “Thomson’s LXXII.”

TJ’s copy of Robert potter, trans., The Tragedies of Sophocles (Oxford, 1813; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 12 [no. 754]) is in DLC: Rare Book and Special Collections.

1Preceding two words interlined in place of “unbound.”

Index Entries

  • Bible; TJ orders search
  • Carey, Mathew; and books for TJ search
  • Carey, Mathew; letters to search
  • Carter, Elizabeth; translatesStoici Philosophi Encheiridion item (Epictetus) search
  • Epictetus (Greek philosopher); Stoici Philosophi Encheiridion item (trans. E. Carter) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Potter, Robert; translatesThe Tragedies of Sophocles (Sophocles) search
  • Sophocles; The Tragedies of Sophocles (trans. R. Potter) search
  • Stoici Philosophi Encheiridion item (Epictetus; trans. E. Carter) search
  • The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Covenant (C. Thomson) search
  • The Tragedies of Sophocles (Sophocles; trans. R. Potter) search
  • Thomson, Charles; The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Covenant search