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Jefferson's offer to "restock" the Library of Congress...



Item # 616961

October 29, 1814

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct.  29, 1814  Most of page 2 is taken up with an article headed: "Mr. Jefferson's Library - Mr. Jefferson's Offer of Congress of His Library" a letter signed in type: Th. Jefferson, datelined Monticello, Sept. 21, 1814. It begins: "I learn from the newspapers that the vandalism of our enemy has triumphed at Washington over science as well as the arts by the destruction of the public library with the noble edifice in which it was deposited..." followed by details concerning his offer to provide his personal & extensive library of books to the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress was destroyed in August 1814, when invading British troops set fire to the Capitol building and the small library of 3,000 volumes. Within a month, former President Jefferson offered his personal library as a replacement.
Among the other reports including the War of 1812 are: "Cruise of the Wasp" "American Prizes" "Brown & Chauncey" "Events of the War" taking over 4 pages with war reports.
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches, some foxing, nice condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. Wikipedia notes: "Niles...Register (was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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