Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Vaughan, 21 December 1801

From John Vaughan

Philad: Decr 21. 1801

Dr Sir.

I have the pleasure of sending you a Philadelphia Edition of Aikin, with an appendix, containing some important Documents from Letsom &c—I have also sent a short abstract of some leading points in Dr Husson’s work on this subject printed this year at Paris—He was one of the Paris Medical Committee of the Vaccination Hospital—Not knowing whether you have time to look at all the Philada newspapers, I have added from them a letter of D Coxe’s & the Certificate of Dr Farquhar of its success in Jama. I have sent a Book to M Dunbar with some of the Virus—When you write to him, it would possibly be rendering a great service to him & to humanity to send him Some of the Virus—least what I have sent should not prove sufficient. The Society was much gratified by the paper you forwarded from him, which is highly interesting & we shall be happy to receive1 the further one promised.—D Coxe & several other Physicians are now going on with Vaccination, very satisfactorily

I remain with respect D sir Your obt Serv

Jn Vaughan

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Dec. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: see below.

Philadelphia Edition of Aikin: see Vaughan to TJ, 9 Dec.

Husson’s Work: the Philadelphia Gazette on 16 Dec. printed a summary of Henri-Marie Husson’s Recherches historiques et médicales sur la vaccine, recently published in Paris (Elinor Meynell, “French Reactions to Jenner’s Discovery of Smallpox Vaccination: The Primary Sources,” Social History of Medicine, 8 [1995], 300; Dictionnaire description begins Dictionnaire de biographie française, Paris, 1933–, 19 vols. description ends , 18:94).

On 17 Dec., the Philadelphia Gazette and Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser published a letter by John Redman Coxe, addressed to the public, on the “efficacy” of cowpox in the prevention of smallpox, and the Philadelphia Gazette printed a letter to Coxe from George Farquhar of Jamaica on 21 Dec.

1MS: “recive.”

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