Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 20 March 1820

From David Bailie Warden

Paris, 20 march—20

Dear Sir,

I have taken the liberty of sending you a copy of the french Edition of my Description of the united states, in 5 vol. 8o,1 which I pray you to accept as a small testimony of my gratitude and respect.2 I have forwarded it in a case addressed to the Philosophical Society of Philadelphia, and the Secretary is requested to inform you of its arrival.

The sudden departure of mr. Terril prevented me from having the pleasure of sending you by him some Brochures and journals. Those which I had confided to the care of Captain Corran will never reach you, for it is now well ascertained that his vessel with 100 passengers, has foundered in a storm near the port of newyork.

your scientific and literary friends of this City still enquire concerning you, and are glad to hear of the recovery of your health. your letter of the 24 november 1818, is the last which I have had the honour of receiving. I pray you to recall me to the remembrance of3 mr & mrs. Randolph,4 and to accept my profound respect.

D. B. Warden

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson, monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 June 1820 and so recorded in SJL. Dupl (DLC: TJ Papers, 217:38779); partially dated Apr. 1820; at head of text: “Duplicate”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 20 Apr. 1820 received 4 Aug. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. FC (MdHi: Warden Letterbook); in Warden’s hand; partially dated “april—20”; at head of text in Warden’s hand: “The original by major Somerville.—Duplicate by mr Gallatin—the 17 may—20.”

The brig Factor, captained by James corran, was reportedly lost at sea in October 1819 (New York Mercantile Advertiser, 1 Jan. 1819; New-York Gazette & General Advertiser, 21 Oct. 1819).

1RC: “8.” Dupl: “in 8o.” FC: “8o.”

2Dupl and FC: “esteem.”

3Instead of preceding six words, Dupl and FC read “present my respects to.”

4FC ends here. Remainder of sentence in Dupl reads “I am, dear Sir, with great respect, your obliged servant.”

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; forwards publications to TJ search
  • Corran, James (ship captain) search
  • Description Statistique, Historique et Politique des États-Unis de l’Amérique Septentrionale (D. B. Warden) search
  • Factor (brig) search
  • Gallatin, Albert; conveys letters and parcels search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; good health of search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • Somerville, William C.; conveys letter search
  • Terrell, Dabney Carr (TJ’s sister Martha Jefferson Carr’s grandson); travels of search
  • Warden, David Bailie; Description Statistique, Historique et Politique des États-Unis de l’Amérique Septentrionale search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends publications to TJ search