Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 20 January 1822

From David Bailie Warden

Paris, 20 Jan. 22—

Dear Sir,

I have the pleasure of forwarding to you a collection of the “Bibliographie de La France”, and two or three Catalogues of Books, which will give you some idea of french Literature.

A geographical Society has been lately established by the influence of members of the Institute and of the general government, which promises to be of great utility.

The Linnæan Society is revived by subscription, as you will perceive by the inclosed letter, which announces your nomination as an honorary member.

I am sorry to perceive by the Presidents’ speech that there is little hope of a speedy arrangement between France and the united states. The opposition party in the House of Deputies have lost all their influence. I am, dear Sir, with great respect,

Your most devoted Servt

D. B. Warden

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 28 Mar. 1822 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to Thomas W. White, 15 Aug. 1824, on verso; addressed: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson, Monticello favd by the American Legation, Paris”; stamped “SHIP”; franked; postmarked New York, 22 Mar. Enclosures: (1) unidentified volumes of Bibliographie de la France, ou Journal Général de l’Imprimerie et de la Librairie (Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 14 [no. 928]). (2) Thiébaut de Berneaud to TJ, 17 Dec. 1821. Other enclosures not found.

The new geographical society was the Société de Géographie, founded in Paris in 1821 (Bulletin de la Société de Géographie 1 [1822]: 1).

In his 3 Dec. 1821 annual message to Congress, President James Monroe discussed contentious trade negotiations with france and regretted that “there does not appear to be any reasonable prospect of its early conclusion.” As sources of friction he singled out disputes over the interpretation of an article in the 1803 Treaty of Paris and the American seizure in 1820 of the French ship Apollo in Florida for violating United States revenue laws (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States description ends , 15:13 [5 Dec. 1821]).

Index Entries

  • Apollo (ship); seizure of search
  • Bibliographie de la France, ou Journal Général de l’Imprimerie et de la Librairie search
  • France; and U.S. search
  • France; Chambre des Députés search
  • France; literature of search
  • Institut de France; and Société de Géographie search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); presidency of search
  • Paris; Treaty of (1803) search
  • Société de Géographie search
  • Société Linnéenne de Paris; TJ’s membership in search
  • United States; and France search
  • United States; trade of search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; on foreign relations search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends publications to TJ search