Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Laval, 28 May 1819

Philada May 28th 1819


Agreeably to your directions, I have addressed to you, Care of Capt Bernard Peyton; Commission Merchant, Richmond, per Schooner Robert Burns, which was to sail on the 23d & has been-Cleared only yesterday, One Bundle; Well wrapped up in Quadruple paper, Containing:

Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary, 8vo bound in Sheep $ 5
The Two first Volumes of Diodorusiculo, dto in Parchment  4
3 Copies of Orbis Pictus Comaenii, 12o Sd at $1.12½/100  3.37½
3 do of Alvari Prosodia, Dublin Ed., the only ones found in Philada }  1.12½
 after longresearcher at 37½ per

I have not been able to obtain, in any Bookstore of the City, a copy of Sanxay’s Lexicon, which I would have bought for you. I cannot sell mine separately, having been invoiced with the four vols of Ar. Com. & adding to their value.

The Grimm you have seen advertised, at Paris, at 5ƒ Was, I supposed, sewed, & mine is handsomely bound; that makes a difference of 35 or 40 sols per Volume, & would raise it to $2 25/100, price I asked, even at the advance of 50 p%, which is far from being adequate to cover all expences & leave a reasonable profit, the packing alone at Paris amounting sometimes to 5 p%.

I have paid here 18 months ago, for my 17 vols of Grimm $30. I will be satisfied with 15 p% profit or $34 50/100 for the work, if, at that rate, you think proper to purchase it. the fellow copy was sold for $5000

I am, Sir, with the highest respect your’s

John Laval

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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