Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Mathew Carey, 13 March 1820

To Mathew Carey

Monticello Mar. 13. 20.

Dear Sir

I must ask the favor of you to send me by mail 2. copies of the Nautical Almanacs for the present year, and 2. also of the next year if already to be had. the English editions are best printed, but if none on hand, Blount’s edition of N. York will do. I formerly wrote to you for Sr John Sinclair’s book of Agriculture; but I observe that mr Skinner of Baltimore is about publishing an improved edition for which I will wait.

A school book under the title of Simon de Nantua was published in France 3. or 4. years ago, undoubtedly one of the best for young learners to read that I have ever known. it is a small 12mo and would be so valuable to our Elementary schools that I would get it translated, if you would think it would answer to be printed. but it is necessary to ask previously whether it has been translated in England. I have never heard that it was. but on this head you are better informed. when Baxter’s history is recieved you will be so good as to forward it to me and my account at the same time. accept my friendly salutations.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PHi: Lea & Febiger Records); addressed: “Mr Matthew Cary Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 13 Mar.; endorsed by Carey as received 18 Mar. and answered 30 Mar. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

Carey’s reply to this letter, described in his endorsement above as a letter of 30 Mar. but recorded in SJL as a letter of 23 Mar. 1820 received 7 Apr. 1820 from Philadelphia, has not been found (address cover only in MHi; with PoC of TJ to David Gelston, 1 Oct. 1820, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson, Esqr Expresident US. Monticello”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 30 Mar.).

Index Entries

  • almanacs, nautical; TJ purchases search
  • A New and Impartial History of England (J. Baxter) search
  • Baxter, John; A New and Impartial History of England search
  • Blunt, Edmund March; nautical almanacs of search
  • books; for children search
  • books; on history search
  • Carey, Mathew; and books for TJ search
  • Carey, Mathew; letters from accounted for search
  • Carey, Mathew; letters to search
  • children; books for search
  • education; textbooks search
  • French language; works written in search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jussieu, Laurent Pierre de; Simon de Nantua, ou le Marchand Forain search
  • Simon de Nantua, ou le Marchand Forain (L. P. de Jussieu) search
  • Sinclair, Sir John; The Code of Agriculture search
  • Skinner, John Stuart; as publisher search
  • The Code of Agriculture (J. Sinclair) search