Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6

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Author: Thomas Jefferson

To Dr. William Gordon.

PARIS, July 2, 1787.

SIR,—Being just returned from a tour through the southern parts of France and northern of Italy, I could not till this moment, acknowledge the receipt of your obliging letter with the papers accompanying it. It happened unluckily also that those addressed to the Marquis de La Fayette, were under my cover. I put them into his hands the moment of my return. From the opportunities you have had of coming at facts known as yet to no other historian, from your dispositions to relate them fairly, and from your known talents, I have sanguine expectations that your work will be a valuable addition to historical science; and the more so, as we have little yet on the subject of our war, which merits respect. I fear, however, that this is not the field from which you are to expect profit. The translation will sell here; but few read English. Be assured, that nothing shall be wanting on my part to encourage a preference of the original to a translation; but it will not be till the fall that either will be called for, because, during summer, the readers are in the country. I got from a bookseller here about forty guineas for a first copy of Dr. Ramsay’s work, which he had translated. If this would be an object with you, I offer you my service. I have the honor to be, with sentiments of great esteem, Sir, your most obedient, and most humble servant.

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Chicago: Thomas Jefferson, "To Dr. William Gordon.," Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6 in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 6 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.154-155 Original Sources, accessed January 27, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=952K8W6UV8UZDKT.

MLA: Jefferson, Thomas. "To Dr. William Gordon." Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6, in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 6 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.154-155, Original Sources. 27 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=952K8W6UV8UZDKT.

Harvard: Jefferson, T, 'To Dr. William Gordon.' in Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6. cited in , Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 6 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.154-155. Original Sources, retrieved 27 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=952K8W6UV8UZDKT.