Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William E. Richmond, 25 December 1819

Monticello Dec. 25—19.


Your favor of the 10th is recieved; but so prostrated is my health that I am not able to comply with your request on the subject of Political economy. indeed my Physician interdicts me the writing table altogether. I am obliged therefore to abandon all correspondence. I may however briefly say that Tracy’s book on that subject, published by Millegan at Washington a year or two ago is the best and soundest ever yet published. Say’s is a most excellent work also, but never yet I believe translated into English, that nation continuing, as you observe, their partiality to Adam Smith—with this apology be pleased to accept my respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

ViW: Jefferson Papers, Tucker-Coleman Collection.

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