Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William E. Richmond, 25 December 1819

To William E. Richmond

Monticello Dec. 25. 19.


Your favor of the 10th is recieved; but so prostrated is my health that I am not able to comply with your request on the subject of Political economy. indeed my Physician interdicts me the writing table altogether. I am obliged therefore to abandon all correspondence. I may however briefly say that Tracy’s book on that subject, published by Millegan at Washington a year or two ago is the best and soundest ever yet published. Say’s is a most excellent work also, but never yet I believe translated into English, that nation continuing, as you observe, their partiality to Adam Smith. with this apology be pleased to accept my respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViW: TC-JP); on verso of reused address cover of Dabney Cosby to TJ, 14 Mar. 1819; at foot of text: “Mr William E. Richmond”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Destutt de Tracy’s works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; translates Destutt de Tracy’s works search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • political economy; study of search
  • political economy; TJ on study of search
  • Richmond, William Ebenezer; letter to search
  • Richmond, William Ebenezer; sends prospectus to TJ search
  • Say, Jean Baptiste; works of search
  • Smith, Adam; economic theories of search