Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to de Bure Frères, 13 June 1822

To de Bure Frères

Monticello June 13. 22.

Messrs DeBures freres

Your favor of Aug. 24. of the last year was recieved on the 22d of December. the books came also in good condition. altho’, at the date of that letter you had not recieved the 100. Dollars remitted for you thro’ mr Vaughan, yet, knowing that the part of the same bill of exchange, destined to another person, was recieved by that person Sep. 21. I took for granted you recieved your part about the same date.

the balance for 1820. due to you was 38.40
the envoi of books 1821. amounted to 344.90
 placing me in your debt 383.30

the remittance of 1821 of 100. Dollars would overpay that sum as I suppose by about 140. to 150. francs.

My demand of books for this year goes to London, so that I have nothing to ask of you for the present. it would indeed be very acceptable if, as far as the balance remaining in your hands will go you could send me the Dion Cassius of Sturtz named in my last Catalogue, the Traité elementaire d’Histoire Naturelle1 of Dumeril, and the Essai sur les moeurs et l’esprit des Nations of Voltaire. I observe so many different editions of all Voltaire’s works in 8vo are in a course of publication that it is possible some one of the editors might be willing to detach this particular work, and sell it separately. this parcel, tho small, would come safely in a box to the care of mr Beasley Consul of the US. at Havre.   for the present accept my salutations of esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of John Taylor to TJ, 25 Feb. 1821 (see note to TJ to John Taylor, 14 Mar. 1821); with additional notation by TJ at foot of text: “this was not sent till July 1. & then thro’ office of State & mr Gallatin”; endorsement by TJ torn. Enclosed in TJ’s missing letter to Daniel Brent of 1 July 1822 (see note to TJ to Thomas Appleton, 11 June 1822).

another person: Joshua Dodge. envoi: “parcel; package.” For TJ’s last catalogue, see the enclosure to his letter to de Bure Frères of 19 Apr. 1821.

1Manuscript: “Naturille.”

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  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); letters to search
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  • Dodge, Joshua; TJ pays search
  • Duméril, André Marie Constant; Traité élémentaire d’Histoire Naturelle search
  • Essai sur les Mœurs et l’Esprit des Nations (Voltaire) search
  • Gallatin, Albert; conveys letters and parcels search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
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  • natural history; books on search
  • State Department, U.S.; forwards letters search
  • Sturz, Friedrich Wilhelm; edits works of Cassius Dio search
  • Traité élémentaire d’Histoire Naturelle (A. M. C. Duméril) search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and payments made for TJ search
  • Voltaire (François Marie Arouet); Essai sur les Mœurs et l’Esprit des Nations search
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