Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Hore Browse Trist, 17 June 1821

To Hore Browse Trist

Monticello June 17. 21.

Dear Sir

I have a small commission or two for Philadelphia and I know no one to whose kindness I am more willing to be indebted for them than to yours.1 the Vanilla bean, a productio[n] of S. America, much used in seasoning ice-creams, was general[ly] to be had in Philadelphia when I lived there. the beans were packed in small flat tin-boxes, of a size and shape, which if covered first with coarse linen, and then in paper might well be addressed as a letter thro’ the mail. the cost I do not exactly remember, but I think it was about a guinea. I inclose a 10.D. bill and ask the favor of you to endeavor to find & send me a box thro’ the mail.

I am anxious to get Planche’s Greek & French dicti[o]nary, for my grandson James2 and suppose it may be found at one of the foreign Bookstores of Philadelphia. I deal occasionally at mr Dufief[’s] Fernagus’s and Belair’s. should either of them have it, they will readily send it to me with a note of the price which I shall immediately remit them as heretofore.

Your friend Eppes is well, & doing well at Columbia particularly favored by Dr Cooper. he attends chiefly to Mathematics. all the buildings of our University, except the libra[ry] will be compleated this year, to wit 10. pavilions, 6. Hotels, and 100. dormitories. but the time of opening will depend on the legislature. our family here is well and always speak of you with affection. mrs Trist is also well at mr Divers’s. accep[t] the assurance of my friendship and best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Alexander Garrett to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Phila. S. 5th str. 175.” and “Mr Trist”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Trist Browse.”

At this time Francis Eppes was a student at South Carolina College (later the University of South Carolina) in columbia.

A missing letter of 19 Apr. 1821 from Lewis D. Belair to TJ is recorded in SJL as received 6 May 1821 from Philadelphia.

1Manuscript: “thantyours.”

2Preceding four words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Belair, Lewis Descoins; as bookseller search
  • Belair, Lewis Descoins; letters from accounted for search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); professor at South Carolina College search
  • Dictionnaire Grec-Français, composé sur l’ouvrage intitulé Thesaurus Linguæ Græcæ, de Henri Étienne (J. Planche) search
  • Divers, George; hosts E. Trist search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; bookseller search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, at South Carolina College search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; as bookseller search
  • food; ice cream search
  • French language; dictionaries search
  • Greek language; dictionaries search
  • ice cream; vanilla search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • mathematics; collegiate education in search
  • Planche, Joseph; Dictionnaire Grec-Français, composé sur l’ouvrage intitulé Thesaurus Linguæ Græcæ, de Henri Étienne search
  • Randolph, James Madison (TJ’s grandson); education of search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); and F. W. Eppes search
  • spices; vanilla search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; health of search
  • Trist, Hore Browse (1802–56); and goods for TJ search
  • Trist, Hore Browse (1802–56); letter to search
  • vanilla; TJ orders search
  • Virginia, University of; Books and Library; plans for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; dormitory rooms search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; hotels search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; pavilions search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Rotunda (library) search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opening of search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search