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    Thomas Jefferson Autograph Note Signed, "Th:Jefferson", as President, one page, 4.5 x 1 inch, [no place], April 10, 1802 concerning paying a bookseller. He writes: "will mr Barnes be pleased to order payment [sic] of the above (25.75) to Mr Dufries, bookseller Philad[elphi]a Th:Jefferson Apr. 10. 1802" Jefferson was of course a copious purchaser of books, and ran himself into enormous debt for his efforts. His personal library was the largest in the United States. Following the burning of Washington by the British in 1814, Jefferson offered to sell his library to Congress to form the new core of the Library of Congress. The U.S. purchased the collection, consisting of 6,487 volumes, for $23,950 in 1815, but sadly two-thirds of the collection was destroyed by fire in 1851. Removed from a larger document and mounted to a larger sheet. Light foxing, else fine condition.

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