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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to Cummings, Hilliard & Company

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00782.12 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Monticello, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 January 1825 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.6 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Mentions ordering books for the schools of art and modern languages and ancient and modern history. Writes concerning courses in law at the University of Virginia and the need for books, especially "Thomas' edition of Coke Littleton published not long since in London. it is the first book which will be put into the hands of our law Students, and will in fact be the elementary book of the school" and is therefore "the most essential and most immediately necessary..." Notes that they will need to order the edition from London and gives a detailed description and how much it would cost. Also requests several other works.

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Cummings, Hilliard & Company.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President Education Literature and Language Arts, Book Selling, Classical World and Ancient Civilization, Law

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform