Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to John Stockdale re: purchase of maps and books for inclusion into his atlas
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David Franks, the bearer of this letter, was the highest-ranking Jewish officer in the Revolutionary War.
Notes: Boyd 8: 554, with some minor variations. Colonel David S. Franks was the highest-ranking Jewish officer in the Revolutionary War. After the war he served as a special despatch courier in Europe.
Th. Jefferson will be obliged to Mr. Stockdale to send him by the bearer Col. Franks, the following plates of Cook's last voiage [sic]
Plate. 1. the general map.
36. Map of the N.W. coast of America & of the coast of Asia.
53. Map of the entr of Norton & the straight of Bhering.
he means to put thes maps into his American Atlas. Mr. Short is just arrived & brings the Pariamentary debate, Andrew's American war, Irish pamphlets [illegible] for which Mr. Jefferson thanks Mr. Stockdale he will be obliged to him to continue sending him the numbers of Andrew's book, and the Parlimentary debates in the same form hereafter. ast to pamphlets he only wishes for those which relate to America, & which have also some degree of merit. he will be also obliged to him to add Bareth's English & Spanish dictionary to the books he desired him to send to Virginia.
Paris Sep. 26. 1785.
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