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#2 - Thomas Jefferson Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $10,000+

President Jefferson thanks Michaux for a contribution to "our Botanical libraries"—books later sold to the Library of Congress

Third-person ALS as president, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, July 12, 1806. Letter to botanist Francois Andre Michaux, in full: "Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to Mr. Michaux for the book of his travels & the pamphlet he has been so kind as to send him. He possesses the Flora Americana of his father & has seen his work on the American oaks, both of which are valuable additions to our Botanical libraries. He has no doubt that Mr. Michaux will increase the debt of science to his family by his further researches in the United States, in which he wishes him all success, and prays him to accept his salutations & respects." In fine condition, with intersecting folds, a crease to the upper right corner tip, and two light seal-related stains.

On July 6th, Michaux had sent to Jefferson his recently published botanical pamphlet, 'Mémoire sur la Naturalisation des Arbres Forestiers de l’Amérique Septentrionale [Dissertation on the Naturalization of Forest Trees in North America],' together with a copy of his 'Voyage à l’ouest des Monts-Alleghenÿs [Journey West of the Allegheny Mountains].' Jefferson had assembled one of the largest and most diverse private libraries in America, and it was purchased by the Library of Congress in 1815 as part of efforts to rebuild its collections after they were destroyed in the War of 1812. Michaux's botanical pamphlet was among the 6,487 works purchased in the sale.

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