Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Frederick A. Mayo, 28 December 1820

To Frederick A. Mayo

Monticello Dec. 28. 20.


I was very sorry to learn that you had suffered in the common calamities of the times, and still more so on seeing your stock in trade advertised by trustees. I have two considerable boxes of books, packed some time ago, containing upwards of 100. vols, which want binding. but not knowing whether you still carry on the binding business, I have suspended the sending them to you, until I can be informed by yourself whether you can bind them, and shall govern myself by your answer with every assurance of my best wishes & respect.

Th: Jeff[erson]

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Daniel Brent to TJ, 4 July 1819; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Frederic A. Mayo”; endorsed by TJ.

Trustees advertised the 13 Dec. 1820 auction in Richmond of Mayo’s land in Kanawha County (later West Virginia) and of his stock in trade, including “a large collection of Law and other BOOKS, in the various departments of literature,” and “a variety of STATIONERY, SURVEYOR’S INSTRUMENTS, &c.” (Richmond Enquirer, 17 Nov. 1820).

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; binding of books search
  • law; books on search
  • Mayo, Frederick August; binds books for TJ search
  • Mayo, Frederick August; financial difficulties of search
  • Mayo, Frederick August; letters to search
  • stationery; sale of search
  • surveying; instruments for sale search