Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Gelston, 4 December 1819

To David Gelston

Monticello Dec. 4. 19.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night your favor of Nov. 24. and am very thankful for your kind attention to forward my books to Richmond promptly and without waiting my answer. the advance of the season which renders them more liable to loss or injury makes this dispatch interesting. I return you mr Beasley’s letter, and inclose also Debure’s letter & invoice of the cost of the books. as soon therefore as you will let me know the amount of the duties & other charges with that of mr Beasley I will remit them to you. I take the liberty at the same time of requesting you to forward the inclosed letter to Debure by the first safe conveyance from your port.

I expect daily the arrival of some wines & other articles from Marseilles, but in what port I know not. should it be that of N. York I will ask the same favor of their immediate transshipment to Richmond, and either to draw on mr Gibso[n] for duties & charges [or]1 to notify them to me as most convenient to yourself. I salute you with sentiments of great friendship and respect.N. York

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “David Gelston esq.”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) de Bure Frères to TJ, 11 Sept. 1819, and enclosures. (2) TJ to de Bure Frères, 4 Dec. 1819. Other enclosure not found.

1Word faint.

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; and books for TJ search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • Gelston, David; and books for TJ search
  • Gelston, David; collector at New York search
  • Gelston, David; letters to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • wine; sent to TJ search