Thomas Jefferson Papers

Nathan Pollard to Thomas Jefferson, 18 [October] 1821

From Nathan Pollard

Richmond 18th [Oct.] 1821 Franklin P. Office

Nathan Pollard

Presents with respect to Thomas Jefferson Esq. a copy of the Virginia Reports, made in conformity to an Act of the General Assembly, by Francis W. Gilmer Esq. and printed at the Franklin P. Office—The design of the establishment of this office is to advance the art of Printing in Virginia, and to render the state less dependant on other states for this important means of improvement. This work is sent for the purpose of affording to Mr Jefferson a specimen of the style of printing in this City

Very Respectfully Yours

RC (MHi); partially dated adjacent to closing; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 18 Oct. 1821 received 27 Oct. 1821 and so recorded in SJL; with Dft of TJ to Pollard, 30 Oct. 1821, beneath endorsement. Enclosure: Va. Reports description begins Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1798–  (title varies; originally issued in distinct editions of separately numbered volumes with Va. Reports volume numbers retroactively assigned; original volume numbers here given parenthetically) description ends , 21 (1 Gilmer) (Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 10 [no. 584]).

Nathan Pollard (d. 1836), educator and publisher, was in Richmond by 1817, when he advertised his school at Masons’ Hall. Later that year he and William A. Chapin added an evening school. Pollard took up printing by 1820 at the Franklin Press of the Presbyterian clergyman John H. Rice. He eventually became its proprietor, publishing under his own name and later in the partnerships of Pollard & Goddard and Pollard & Converse. From 1820 to about 1828 Pollard published Rice’s Virginia Evangelical and Literary Magazine. He also published Rice’s newspaper, the Richmond Family Visitor, beginning in 1822. Pollard purchased the paper about 1827 and combined it with the Fayetteville North Carolina Telegraph, continuing publication in Richmond under the new title of Visitor and Telegraph until he sold his share in 1828. He owned three slaves in 1830. Pollard had resumed teaching by 1831, when he operated a classical school (Margaret Meagher, History of Education in Richmond [1939], 57; Richmond Commercial Compiler, 25 Aug., 25 Nov. 1817, 18 Sept. 1818; The Richmond Directory, Register and Almanac, for the Year 1819 [Richmond, 1819], 63; James A. Bear Jr. and Mary Caperton Bear, A Checklist of Virginia Almanacs, 1732–1850 [1962]; Lester J. Cappon, Virginia Newspapers, 1821–1935 [1936], 175, 185; A. J. Morrison, “Presbyterian Periodicals of Richmond, 1815–1860,” Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine 1 [1920]: 174–6; Richmond Enquirer, 28 Oct. 1828, 6 Jan. 1831; DNA: RG 29, CS, Richmond, 1830; Richmond Courier and Daily Compiler, 15 Dec. 1836).

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