James Dinsmore

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James Dinsmore (c.1771 – 1830) was an Irish joiner who worked at Monticello from 1798 to 1809.[1] When Thomas Jefferson divided Wythe's library, Dinsmore received seven titles.

Wythe Books Given to Dinsmore by Thomas Jefferson

The list below was adapted from the "Library of George Wythe" in the Thomas Jefferson Libraries project on the website for Monticello.[2] The linked titles in blue are copies in the Wolf Law Library's George Wythe Collection.

Detail from page one of Jefferson's inventory of books received from George Wythe's estate, September, 1806. This list indicates which volumes Jefferson intended to give to James Dinsmore. Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Detail from page two of Jefferson's inventory. Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
To James Dinsmore.
Stewart & Revett’s Antiquities of Athens.
[ed. some loss]
juris civilis. fol.
[H]arris’s Justinian. 4to.
[Vi?]nnii institutiones. 4to.
Taylor’s civil law. 4to.

See also


  1. Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia, s.v. "James Dinsmore," accessed July 3, 2013.
  2. "Library of George Wythe," Thomas Jefferson Libraries, Monticello, accessed July 2, 2013. For the manuscript version, see "Inventory of the Books Received by Thomas Jefferson from the Estate of George Wythe, Circa September, 1806," Massachusetts Historical Society, accessed July 2, 2013, .