Thomas Jefferson to Wythe, 29 May 1799

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Th. Jefferson to G. Wythe          Monticello May 29, 1799
In order to relieve you, my very dear & antient friend from the trouble of the volumes I sent you in 96. I have desired my friend & relation George Jefferson to call & receive them if you have no further use for them. He is to get them bound. I think I had arranged them into volumes, & labeled each, but that in a subsequent letter to you I wished a change of some of the labels. I inclose him a copy of that letter so that I am in hopes he will be able to direct the binding without troubling you.
    Though the different walks of life into which we have been led, do not bring us together, yet I enquire of your health, with anxious concern, from many one who comes from you & with great pleasure I learn generally that you enjoy good health. I shall for ever cherish the remembrance of the many agreeable & useful days I have past with you, and the infinite obligations I owe you for what good has fallen to one through life. May your remaining years be as many as you would wish them, and filled with the enjoyment of all your faculties. A thousand friendly & respectful salutations to you. Adieu affectionately.

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T.J. to G. Wythe.          Monticello Jan. 16. 96.
    I was so [furnished?] to get [early?] my collection of printed laws before the departure of the waggon, that I did the work imperfectly. I have since found the laws of 1702 May & Oct. which I should be glad to have added to the end of my 6th. volume. If you can peruse a copy of those of [?] I will pray you to add it to the end of the 5th volume, and in both cases to make commanding changes in the middle one of the three printed labels proposed on these volumes indeed I would wish the middle label of the 4th volume to be […??] & of the 8th to be […??]
I choose to bring for the 11th volume to 1783 that it may terminate at the same period with the Chancellors revisal.