Thomas Jefferson Papers

Samuel H. Smith to Thomas Jefferson, 22 March 1809

From Samuel H. Smith

Washington Mar. 22. 1809


I have received the accompanying tract from Dr Fothergill of Philada wch I have the pleasure of transmitting to you in compliance with his desire.

I am very respectfully

Sa. H. Smith

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esq.”; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Mar. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

The accompanying tract may have been Anthony fothergill, Remarks on the Smut and Mildew of Wheat With Hints on the Most Probable Means of Prevention (Philadelphia, 1808). Best known for his work on reviving drowning victims, Fothergill was a physician and foreign member of the American Philosophical Society (1792) who practiced medicine in Philadelphia between 1803 and his return to England in 1812. He sent TJ several of his tracts after he visited him in Washington in 1804 (DNB description begins Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1901, 22 vols. description ends ; Christopher Lawrence and others, eds., “‘Take time by the forelock’: The Letters of Anthony Fothergill to James Woodforde, 1789–1813,” Medical History, suppl. 17 [1997]: xiii–xiv; APS, Minutes, 20 Jan. 1792 [MS in PPAmP]; Fothergill to TJ, 8 June 1804 [DLC]).

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