Thomas Jefferson Papers

Frederick A. Mayo to Thomas Jefferson, 29 October 1821

From Frederick A. Mayo

Richmond the 29. Oct 1821—

Hono: Sir

About three weeks ago, I delivered according to Order, the books to Capt Peyton, and haveing since been informed of their beeing forwarded—The long and disdressing sickness of my family, has been the cause of this unreasonable delay—The late Edition of Hennigs Justice, which I received for your honour, from the Auther1 has also been shamfully neglected to be send on, but shall cartaintly go by the first chance, I hear off—Hope sincerely those forwarded may be to yours honours satisfaction.—Haveing been lately informed, and indeed by some of my profession, that a good Bindry Establishment is much wanting in the City of Washington, particular for the use of Public Work: I take the liberty to asks your honour Should I intent commenceing there, if I could be so much favourd as to expect a letter of recomandation to the heads of the different departments at Washington—As it respects Blank Work, I have little doubt, I could give satisfaction to the Offices of Goverment; [par]ticular as I hear from Workman acquainted there, that [. . .] part of the buisness is done at Washington, in a verry loosse and indifferent manner, and actually state that I would have considerable prospect of obtaining the Public Work, where I to do work there in the manner we do here Blank Books in generaly: this cartaintly would be a great help in my present Situation—Should be verry thankfull, if I could have a chance of ruling & binding a Super Royal Blank Book for the Capital of Washington—Your honour will have the goodness to favour me with your advice and directions respecting this circumstance, and if agreeable to your wish, I shall do the best I can

Yours most humble Servant

Frederick A Mayo

NB. As soone I find, that your honour has Receivd the books, I shall forward my Acount according to request

RC (MHi); mutilated at seal; adjacent to signature: “The Hono: Tho: Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Nov. 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

The late edition of hennigs justice was William W. Hening, description begins William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; being a Collection of all the Laws of Virginia, Richmond, 1809–23, 13 vols.; Sowerby, no. 1863; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 10 (no. 573) description ends The New Virginia Justice, comprising the Office and Authority of a Justice of the Peace, in the Commonwealth of Virginia (3d ed.; Richmond, 1820; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 10 [no. 581]; for an earlier edition, see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1971). A super royal sheet of paper measures 19–21 by 27–28 inches (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

1Preceding three words interlined.

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  • Hening, William Waller; The New Virginia Justice search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; binding of books search
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  • Mayo, Frederick August; binds books for TJ search
  • Mayo, Frederick August; family of search
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