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Establishing a Library for Congress - 2

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Letter from Joseph Milligan to...
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Letter from Joseph Milligan to Thomas Jefferson, July 31, 1815

Joseph Milligan, a Georgetown book dealer, had helped Thomas Jefferson acquire his library. When Congress agreed to purchase Jefferson’s library, Milligan went to Jefferson’s Monticello home to inventory and appraise the collection. He also supervised its packing and transportation to Washington and in this letter assures Jefferson of its safe arrival.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress