Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joel Barlow, 9 July 1806

Washington July 9. 06.

Dear Sir

Yours of July 5. has been recieved. while at Monticello I packed up 4. large boxes containing between 70. & 80. volumes of newspapers, pamphlets &c to be forwarded to this place. I now inclose you an exact list of them, and I had the packing boxes so made, that when you recieve them, after taking off the covers, the boxes may be turned on their sides & set one on another, as bookpresses in your room, for the convenience of consultation. they are not yet arrived, & so rare are opportunities by water between Richmond & this place, during summer, that I think it possible they may not arrive before I leave this place, which will be the latter part of this month, to return again the 1st. of October. at that period I shall be able to add to them some volumes of Manuscript materials which are here. I think mr Baldwin has been in the habit of taking notes of transactions during the whole course of his public service. to these will be added mr Madison’s materials, and all the offices will be open to you. I sincerely wish to see you occupied on these papers while they are yet within our power, perfectly satisfied they will be put into the most judicious form to convey useful information to the nation & to posterity. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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