Thomas Jefferson Papers

Richard Rush to Thomas Jefferson, 22 May 1821

From Richard Rush

London May 22. 1821.

Dear sir.

I wrote on the 14th of March, mentioning the circumstances under which I had purchased the books, and now it gives me pleasure to say, that they have been shipped on board the ship Henry Clay, Thomas Potts master, which sailed from this port a few days ago, for Richmond. By the accidental omission of our consul to inform me of the sailing of the ship, until after she had gone, this letter does not go by her, as I had intended. I took the liberty of deviating so far from the directions contained in your favor of the 20th of October, as to have the books put up in a packing case, lined with tin, instead of a trunk. This the Lackington’s recommended, as their usual mode of sending books across the water, when the order was not too large, and the only certain mode of guarding them against injury. The whole cost of the books, including packing, has been £32.12 sterling, for which Lackington’s bill and receipt are enclosed. A further expense of fourteen shillings for shipping, duties, and dock charges, has been incurred, which covers every thing. A balance of £6.14 remains in my hands, which, I beg to repeat, I shall be most happy to appropriate in whatever manner you may be pleased to point out.

Allow me, dear sir, to tender to you the assurances of my great and sincere attachment and respect.

Richard Rush

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 July 1821 and so recorded (with additional notation: “1st by the Nestor”) in SJL.

On the same day he received the RC above, TJ also received a Dupl of this letter, not found, but recorded in SJL with additional notation: “by Atlantic Matlock.”

our consul: Thomas Aspinwall. The firm of Lackington, Hughes & Company sent Rush the enclosed receipt, dated London, 16 Mar. 1821, and noting payment by Rush of “Thirty Two Pounds 12/— for Books as per Account for which this is a Duplicate receipt” (MS in MHi; in the hand of a representative of Lackington, Hughes & Company). Other enclosure printed below.

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  • Henry Clay (ship) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; packing and shipping of search
  • Lackington, Hughes & Company (London firm); and books for TJ search
  • Matlock, Mr. (ship captain) search
  • Nestor (ship) search
  • Potts, Thomas (ship captain) search
  • Rush, Richard; and books for TJ search
  • Rush, Richard; letters from search
  • Rush, Richard; TJ’s account with search
  • tin; lining search