Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 29 December 1812

From William Vaughan

London Decr 29th 1812


I have obtained with pleasure for the Society over which you preside the following Transactions

Eleven numbers of the Philosophical Society up to the second part 1812 inclusive

the Sixteenth Volume of the Antiquarian Society

Seven Volumes1 of the Society of Arts & Sciences up to 1811. inclusive

Six numbers of the Transactions of the2Horticultural Society which compleats the first Volume

which have been committed to my care from the Royal, Antiquarian, & Horticultural Societies & from the Society of Arts & Sciences

The first Vol: of the Transactions from the Geological Society have been forwarded from3 them through Mr Murray of this place, and will I trust arrive safe

All except the last are packed in a Box shipd on board the Hebe Capt. Ogle. bound for Philadelphia (if practicable), directed to the Philosophical Society Philadelphia to the care of John Vaughan Esqr & put in a matt to keep it dry marked If the ship makes New York. then to the care of Messs Murray & Sons. or Boston to the Care of Gideon Snow Esq. Being presents from Learned Societies to your useful Society I hope they will arrive. The expences incurr’d are charged to Mr John Vaughan.

You will please to make your acknowledgments for the above to the several Societies who have given their Transactions and I will attend to their delivery with great pleasure

I am with respect Sir Your most obedient humble Servant

Wm Vaughan

P.S. There is a Volume of the Geological Society in the Box for Dr Bruce of New York with a Letter which please to forward.

RC (PPAmP: APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends Archives); addressed: “To the President of the Philosophical Society Philadelphia p Hebe”; postmarked New York, 9 Mar.; endorsed by the society as received 10 Mar. 1813, with the notation “JV wrote 7 April”; notation in John Vaughan’s hand: “11 N. Philos 6. Horticultural Antiquan Geological.” Dupl (PPAmP: APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends Archives); entirely in a clerk’s hand; at head of text: “Dupl.” Not recorded in SJL and probably never received by TJ.

William Vaughan (1752–1850), merchant, was a lifelong resident of London who studied at the Warrington academy of Joseph Priestley. Beginning in 1791 he wrote on canals, docks, and naval architecture, sending TJ his work on the last in 1792. Vaughan’s extended advocacy contributed to the construction of improved docks for the port of London. He was a director of the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation, 1783–1829, and a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the Royal Astronomical Society, and the Royal Society of London. In 1830 Vaughan was elected to the American Philosophical Society, of which his brother John Vaughan was a longtime librarian and secretary, and he was also a member of the New-York Historical Society (DNB description begins Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1901, 22 vols. description ends ; ODNB description begins H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, 60 vols. description ends ; Vaughan, Memoir of William Vaughan, Esq. F.R.S. with Miscellaneous Pieces Relative to Docks, Commerce, Etc. [1839], esp. 19; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends nos. 1231, 3548, 3945; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 34 vols. description ends , 15:102–3, 23:99; APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes, 16 Apr. 1830 [MS in PPAmP]; Gentleman’s Magazine, new ser., 33 [1850]: 681).

The American Philosophical Society received the forwarded publications a month after Vaughan’s letter. Among them were transactions of the Royal Society of London (entitled Philosophical Transactions); the Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; the Society of Antiquaries of London (entitled Archaeologia); the Horticultural Society of London; and the Geological Society of London (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes, 16 Apr. 1813 [MS in PPAmP]).

1Dupl: “numbers.”

2Preceding three words omitted in Dupl.

3Dupl: “by.”

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; members of, foreign search
  • American Philosophical Society; W. Vaughan sends works to search
  • Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity search
  • Bruce, Dr. search
  • Geological Society of London; transactions of search
  • Hebe (ship) search
  • Horticultural Society of London; transactions of search
  • London; Geological Society of search
  • London; Horticultural Society of search
  • London; Royal Society of search
  • London; Society of Antiquaries of search
  • Murray, Mr. search
  • Murray & Sons search
  • Ogle, Capt. search
  • Royal Society of London; transactions of search
  • Snow, Gideon search
  • Society of Antiquaries of London; transactions of search
  • Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; transactions of search
  • Vaughan, John; librarian of American Philosophical Society search
  • Vaughan, William; and publications for American Philosophical Society search
  • Vaughan, William; identified search
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