Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1 November 1807

Washington Nov. 1. 07.

Dear Sir

Your’s of Oct. 7. was recieved on the 11th. and remains as you desired, within my own breast. I had a considerable time before proposed the place to Colo. L. Smith, & recieved his acceptance by the same post which brought your letter. I acknolege at the same time that I should have had some qualms of conscience excited by my attachment to the college on one side, & to yourself on the other.—we have no political news interesting, except that we are all pacific here. within about a fortnight we may expect to hear from the other side the Atlantic whether we shall be permitted to remain so.

I see that Humboldt & Bonpland have published the following parts of their work. Part. 1st. on the geography of plants 1. vol. 4to. 60. fr. Part 2. on Zoology & comparative anatomy 4to. 20 fr. Part. 6. 1st. division, Botany. fol. 32. fr. Part. 6. 2d. division. Botany 4to. 36. fr. in all 148. francs, or about 6. guineas.   In the arts there is a new discovered method of copying letters which they call Stylography. it is on the principle heretofore in use of tracing figures by laying a piece of clean paper on another rubbed all over with black lead. Charcoal (I believe) is here used insteed of black lead. it is very portable, but otherwise not to compare with the Polygraphic method. I salute you with great friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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