Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Maxwell to Thomas Jefferson, 23 August 1820

From James Maxwell

Philadelphia August 23rd 1820

Your subscription to the “Analectic Magazine”1 being due, according to the terms in June, I beg leave to remind you of the same and to request that a remittance of the amount $6.00 May be made by Mail or Otherwise

Very respectfully your &c &c

Jas Maxwell

RC (MHi); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virga”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 23 Aug.; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Aug. 1820 (with his additional notation: “6”) and so recorded (with additional bracketed notation: “analect. mag.”) in SJL.

James Maxwell (b. ca. 1788), printer and bookseller, plied his trade in Philadelphia from 1810 until 1831. During this period he printed, among other works, the Analectic Magazine, 1815–20, and inexpensive editions of Sir Walter Scott’s novels. Maxwell relocated by 1832 to Louisville, Kentucky, where he still resided in 1844. He owned two slaves in 1840 (DNA: RG 29, CS, Pa., Philadelphia, 1810–30, Ky., Louisville, 1840; James Robinson, The Philadelphia Directory, for 1810 [(Philadelphia, 1810)], 191; Edward Whitely, The Philadelphia Directory and Register, for 1820 [(Philadelphia, 1820)]; Philadelphia Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser, 1 Jan. 1820; Philadelphia National Gazette and Literary Register, 17 June, 22 Nov. 1820; Desilver’s Philadelphia Directory, and Strangers’ Guide. 1831 [1831], 142; William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America [1870], 111; The Louisville Directory, for the year 1832 [1832], 54; Haldeman’s Picture of Louisville, Directory and Business Advertiser, for 1844–1845 [1844], 297).

1Omitted closing quotation mark editorially supplied.

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