Autograph letter to Parisian book-seller Jacques-François Froullé
May 26, 1795.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), revolutionary, statesman, and third president of the United States, was also a voracious book collector. In this three-page autograph letter to Parisian bookseller Jacques-François Froullé, Jefferson complains of a damaged shipment of books, and asks Froullé to pack the books more carefully the next time. After Jefferson’s signature follows a list of books “which mr Froullé is desired to send me,” including volumes of plates from the Encyclopédie to replace copies damaged in the last shipment. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Jefferson, Froullé had already been put to death for publishing a pamphlet sympathetic to Louis XVI.
Gift of William B. Osgood Field, 1932.