Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Louis H. Girardin, 26 August 1820

To Louis H. Girardin

Monticello Aug. 26. 20.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 16th with the 2. vols of Botta are safely recieved, and I am much pleased to learn that you still contemplate the completion of your history of Virginia. the sale of the 1st vol. was undoubtedly damped by the wretched style of paper and print in which it was published: and I cannot but believe that, with more attention to this, the entire work compleated would ultimately remunerate the cost and labor of the work.

if the misfortunes of Baltimore have not too much reduced the means of education, I should suppose the situation proposed to you there would be tempting both as to honor & emolument. I shall be happy to hear if you find it so. mr Fuller’s views of a bookstore in Charlottesville have not been anticipated by any other. but as yet it would be premature. the grammar school there will shortly I think break up; and the epoch of opening our university is still quite uncertain.

I observe your inclination to print a quarterly paper in Latin. I very much doubt it’s success. periodical papers are generally taken up for light reading, which would not be the character of a Latin paper. men of science would probably read it for the novelty: but these are few, and so scattered over the whole surface of the union, that their subscriptions could never be collected. but be this or whatever other the pursuit you adopt, with my sincere wishes for your success, accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); with internal address and signature added separately to RC and PoC; addressed: “Mr L. H. Girardin Hermitage near Staunton”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 29 Aug. PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of a reused address cover from Fernagus De Gelone to TJ; edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • American Revolution; books on search
  • Baltimore College search
  • books; on American Revolution search
  • books; on history search
  • Botta, Carlo Giuseppe Guglielmo; Storia della Guerra dell’ Independenza degli Stati Uniti d’America search
  • Burk, John Daly; The History of Virginia search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; bookstore proposed for search
  • Charlottesville Academy; closing of search
  • Fuller, Bartholomew; and proposed Charlottesville bookstore search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; and B. Fuller search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; and Baltimore College search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; and C. G. G. Botta’sStoria della Guerra dell’ Independenza degli Stati Uniti d’America search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; and J. D. Burk’sHistory of Virginia search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; and University of Virginia search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters to search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; proposed periodicals of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; periodicals in Latin search
  • Jones, Skelton; and J. D. Burk’sHistory of Virginia search
  • Latin language; works in search
  • schools and colleges; Baltimore College search
  • Storia della Guerra dell’ Independenza degli Stati Uniti d’America (C. G. G. Botta) search
  • subscriptions, for publications; journals search
  • The History of Virginia (J. D. Burk, S. Jones, and L. H. Girardin); publication of search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opening of search