Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Nicholas Philip Trist, 14 June 1822

Monticello June 14. 22.

Dear Sir

Your favor of April 14. came to hand on the 8th of May. the tragedy of Ld Byron was immediately put into the hands of the family & was I believe read by every member of it.   I do not know whether I gave you a Catalogue of the Law-books necessary for a course of Law-reading. having lately had occasion to make out one for Francis Eppes, I shall subjoin it to this letter, lest I should not have given you one before. it’s cost will be about £35. sterling, such another importation the following year would make up a sufficient law-library for a commencing practitioner. since you left us I have recieved Thomas’s new arrangement of Coke Littleton. it is admirably executed. the whole matter of Coke & of Littleton is digested according to Blackstone’s method, not omitting one word; to which are added the Notes of Lords Hale & Nottingham, of Hargrove and of Thomas himself, and the subsequent cases on the same matters. it is now unquestionably the elementary book to be first read by every student, and is an easy & more profound than Blackstone. your friend F. Eppes is now engaged in it. his proposed marriage in Sep. with our neighbor Eliz. R. will probably be some interruption to his studies. The buildings of accomodation for the Professors & students of the University, that is to say the Pavilions, Hotels & Dormitories, will be entirely compleated within 3. months from this time. you will have seen by the papers that our late legislature refused to enable us to proceed with the Rotunda. it is said by those who attended it to have been truly the Parliamentum indoctissimum that ever assembled in this state. the late elections have changed a majority of the members, and given us some valuable friends. should the next session merely relinquish the debt of 120.M.D. which it is believed they will, our annuity will in 3. years enable us to finish the Rotunda, and then to open the institution: should they give us 50.M.D. additional to build it, we may open within the year succeeding the gift. some of the family writing to you occasionally, I shall leave small news to them. your friends in this neighborhood are well, and your grandmother was well a fortnight ago, when I left Bedford. Accept the assurance of my affectionate attachment and respect.

Th: Jefferson

Bracton, the English translation.

Broke’s abridgment. the 4vo edn

Thomas’s Coke Littleton. 3. vols. 8vo

Coke’s 2d 3d & 4th institutes. 3. v. 8vo

Bacon’s abridgment by Gwyllim. 7. v. 8vo the last edition

Comyn’s Digest by Manning. a new edition

Blackstone’s Commentaries by Christian. 15th edn 4. v. 8vo

Woodeson’s Lectures. 3. v. 8vo

Reeves’s history of the English law. 4. v. 8vo

Jacob’s Law dictionary by Ruffhead fol.

Abridgment of Cases in Equity, both parts

Bridgman’s digested Index of Cases in Chancery

Fonblanque’s treatise of equity 5th edition 1819. 2. v. 8vo

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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