Washington City the 25th March, 1819.
Having learned from several news papers, that a university is forming, under your patronage, in Virginia, and presuming, that the founders thereof will be desirous of providing the same with every object necessarily appartaining to institutions of this nature, I hereby take the liberty to offer you respectfully the following articles presently in my possession.
I. A philosophical apparatus, consisting of
one telescop, 8 feet 10 inches by 6½ inches,
one solar microscop
an electric machine
a hydrostatic balanse
a set of instruments to demonstrate the powers of mechanics
The pulley, simple, & different systems of pullies.
Axis & wheel
wedge & screw (This sett of instruments is made of brass & Ivory)
II A mineralogical cabinet, consisting of about three thousand specimens of minerals from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, England & other countries of Europe, also minerals from different parts of the U. States. This cabinet contains likewise a collection of 120 different sorts of polished marbles & alabasters from Europe, it is accompanied with a complete mineralogical apparatus, & particularly intended for lecturing
III A small collection of European shells,
IV. A collection of anticks 1320 specimens.
V. A collection of books & prints, comprising
Thusnepell, system of botany, 5 vols. fol. plants volumes
Tehteology by Black, 2 vol. fol. fish volumes
natural history of Surinam, 3 vol. fol. with figures
History of insects by Geoffing, a vol. 4to
Animeaux sans vertebre by Lamark, 1 vol. 8vo
Fableau J. la Suisse, or a collection of the most interesting views of Swizzerland, 2 vol. foll.
Architecture by Inigo Johns, 1 vol. fol.
Modern italian and Ancient architecture, 1 vol. fol.
A collection of engravings of different subjects
Chimistry by Housesoid, Chaptal, Lagrange, Terill, Hapworth &c.
Experimental philosophy by Sigan, Hayes, Bossott &c—
mineralogy by Delamathesie, Brevehall, Flearetautt &c—
Mathematics by Bossott, Laervial, Clairent &c
Astronomy, by Newton & Delambre
Geography consisting of several atlases & a number of separate maps.
Also different works on history & other subjects, the whole of which I wish to dispose of, if possible before the first of mai, at the moderate price of five-thousand dollars. Terms of payment would be easy & acceptable
The favour of a few lines from your hand, in answer to the above would completely oblige