From George Washington
Tuesday 31st. Decr. 1793.
I perceive by the Gazettes, that the Philosophical Society of this City, is required to meet on friday next. I am reminded by it, to ask if the names of Buchan and Anderson have ever yet been proposed as Members? Yours always
RC (DLC); addressed: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Recorded in SJPL.
The advertisement for the 3 Jan. 1794 meeting of the American philosophical society, which TJ did not attend, appeared in Dunlap and Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser, 30 Dec. 1793. His role, if any, is undocumented, but both the Earl of Buchan and James Anderson, as well as TJ’s son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr., were elected on 18 Apr. 1794 (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Proceedings, xxii, pt. 3 , 217, 220; note to Anderson to TJ, 3 Nov. 1792).