Joseph Coolidge to Nicholas P. Trist

dear N.

I have yours of 16 Sept. The numbers of the books sent me are as follows; viz, nos 17. 19. 24. 28. 32. 33. 41. 56. 82. 88. 138. 200. 186. 187. 168. 242. 375. 434. 443. 449. 463. 469. 483. 530. 531 722. 723. 724. 727. 728. 793. 816. 822 822. 918.I caution you against Poor—he has twice failed already: perhaps you may get something out of his bondsmen, whom he has been obliged to give, as an auctioneer: if not, pursue him at the law; it will be a delay of 18 mos; but no matter, you are a resident in Washington: what abominable conduct on his part! your last long letter is, for the moment, delayed, and I cannot turn, therefore, to your request respecting the stoves, but will do so as soon as found, and write you. from a sentence in yours I am afraid you begin to be weary of your office; for God’s sake, hold on: let no disgust tempt you to relinquish it. you ask me if these terrible reverses, which have prostrated so many around me, have not affected me? they have! I have been losing by thousands! I am even at this moment thinking of removing to New York, business is so much more extensive there: but this is only, at present, a subject of consideration. I do not, however, instantaneously decide not to go only because I feel that my Father and Mr have claims upon me. They have done every thing for me from infancy—; can I desert them, now, as they are approaching age; and as all their friends and contemporaries are dying around them!Adieu!—There is a review of Long and Dunglison in the next N.A.R. and there will be a 2d in the “Journal of Education.” Why does not Jefferson send the copy of Mr J. works for the Reviewer?

Yrs.
J. C Jr
RC (NcU: NPT); partially dated; addressed: “To—Nicholas P. Trist; (department of State) Washington: D: C.”; stamped; postmarked Boston, 22 Sept.; endorsed by Trist: “Coolidge, J. Sep. 22. 29.”

The review of An Introduction to the Study of Grecian and Roman Geography, written by George Long and Robley Dunglison while they both served as professors at the University of Virginia, was published in the North American Review in July 1829.