Thomas Jefferson Papers

Peter Walsh to Thomas Jefferson, 10 October 1811

From Peter Walsh

Cêtte 10. October 1811


Your much respected Letter of the 27th March has been just forwarded to me by Mr Warden from Paris. I am not unknown to you Sir as you Suppose, having had the honour of your acquaintance in New York in 1789., being then Established in Cadiz. a disorder which I got in America obliged me to come to this Place and circumstances have made me remain in it, but it’s climate is changed much for the worse within these 30. or 40 years, which the Celebrated Doctor Fouquet attributes to the Earthquake of Lisbon and Calabria. That Great Man Died four years ago, as did during the Revolution all the other Physicians who were the chief Ornament of this renowned College, to which the present race is far inferior. We however still possess the reputed Botanical Professor Mr Gouan, who often enquires for you. at the age of 76, he enjoys very good health and often reminds me of the Virginia Plants which your Neighbour Mr Joseph C. Cabell, when he was here, promised to send him.

Your order for Wine is duly noted, but our Vessels being for a long time excluded by the English from these Seas, obliges me to try the means of geting it Ship’t from Bordeaux, for which purpose I have written to Mr Lee our Consul there. You may be assured sir that nothing shall be omitted by me to have said wine Conveyed safely to you and of it’s being of the best quality, and that your’s and your Friends Commands shall be always carefully Complied with

I am with great respect Your very obt hble Servt

Peter Walsh

I beg leave to be remembered to Mr Cole

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); below postscript: “Thomas Jefferson EsquireMonticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 Feb. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in David Bailie Warden to TJ, 10 Dec. 1811.

Walsh presented a letter of introduction to TJ in new york in May 1790, not in 1789 (PTJ, description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 31 vols. description ends 15:539, 545). An earthquake destroyed most of lisbon on 1 Nov. 1755, while a number of sizable tremors shook the Italian province of calabria between 1783 and 1786 (Judite Nozes, ed., The Lisbon earthquake of 1755: some British eye-witness accounts [1987]; Demetrio De Stefano, I terremoti in Calabria e nel Messinese [ca. 1987]). The renowned college was the University of Medicine at Montpellier.

Index Entries

  • Bordeaux; U.S. consul at search
  • botany; scholars of search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; visits France search
  • Calabria; earthquake in search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; P. Walsh sends greetings to search
  • earthquakes; in Lisbon search
  • Fouquet, Henri; and climate change search
  • Gouan, Antoine; professor of botany search
  • Italy; earthquake in search
  • Lee, William; consul at Bordeaux search
  • Lisbon; earthquake in search
  • Montpellier, France; University of Medicine at search
  • Portugal; earthquake in search
  • schools and colleges; University of Medicine at Montpellier search
  • Walsh, Peter; letters from search
  • Walsh, Peter; TJ orders wine from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; carries TJ’s letters to France search
  • weather; and climate change search
  • wine; TJ orders from P. Walsh search