Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Charles Douglas, 20 April 1802

From Charles Douglas

Alexandria. 20th. April 1802.


I return your Treatise on the Kine Pock with many thanks.—You will find it in good order.

Some few have been inoculated here with success. But we seem by no means zealous to enter into the importance of the object—And that join’d to common prejudices will impede it.

We continue to inoculate with the Variolous matter.

I am Sir Your respectful & Obedt. Servt.

Ch. Douglas

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre. &c &c &c”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Apr. and so recorded in SJL.

I RETURN YOUR TREATISE: Douglas had written to TJ in June 1801, requesting information on smallpox vaccination and a supply of vaccine matter. TJ replied that his pamphlets and prints on the subject were in the possession of Dr. Edward Gantt and that Douglas was welcome to peruse them whenever he wished (Vol. 34:467–8, 471).

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