Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert M. Patterson to Thomas Jefferson, 21 January 1815

From Robert M. Patterson

Philadelphia, Jan. 21. 1815.


I have the honor to forward, in this enclosure, a letter addressed to you by the American Philosophical Society, on the occasion of your having withdrawn from their presidency. It was adopted at a meeting held last evening;—the first meeting after the election,—and was accompanied1 with observations, from all the members of Standing, which were highly gratifying to your personal friends.

Permit me, Sir, to join the voice of the Society in expressing my Sincere regret at your having left its chair, and in assuring2 you of my warm attachment and high respect.

R. M. Patterson.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 1 Feb. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Bankhead, 20 Feb. 1815, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Montecello”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 21 Jan. Enclosure: American Philosophical Society to TJ, 20 Jan. 1815.

1Manuscript: “accompanid.”

2Manuscript: “assuing.”

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