Thomas Jefferson Papers

Fernagus De Gelone to Thomas Jefferson, [13 July 1821]

From Fernagus De Gelone

N. York Ju[l]y 1[3. 1821]


I wish you a good health, and I expect that You have been well Since I had the honour to receive your last letter. Please to excuse me for my bad writing: I cut my right thumb through, in gardening.

A Book of which You will find the title inside, arrived lately from England, I mean five or six days ago. I looked at it. There is but one copy in boards, fine paper, Celestial planisphere, tables of Logarithms. The volume is of from 500 to 600 pages. price $.7.= deduction to a book-seller, 20 per centum.

As I always desire to please and to Serve you, even without any profit, You May have the book by writing directly to Mr Blunt Water Street, who will forwa[rd] it to you at once. however, he would charge you the full price. If you, Sir, desire to have the book, I will have the honour to Send it to you, the deduction taken off.1 the price on the back is 18 Shillings Sterling.

Please to Send me your orders for any thing.

Most Devoutedly Sir. Your most humble & obedient Servant

fernagus De Gelone

RC (MHi); dateline partially torn away; edge trimmed; at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 13 July 1821 received five days later and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

A letter of 14 July 1821 from Gelone to TJ, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 22 July 1821 from New York.

1Preceding two words interlined above an uncanceled “included.”

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