Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Cutbush to Thomas Jefferson, 28 January 1815

From James Cutbush

Philada Jany 28th 1815.


At the time I wrote you from Norfolk, I was taken with the disease so common at that place and Neighborhood; and after recovery, I proceeded to Washington, and was transferred to this district.

I received, however, your letter in reply to mine, on the subject of Mr Halls improvement, as it is termed, in Agriculture; but not recollecting the particulars, of the certificate I mentioned to you in my letter, I am unable to satisfy your enquiries. Since I arrived here, I find that Mr H. changed his tack, and never Came on; but Dr Mease tells me that he, Mr H. has published a pamphlet on his improvement which I have not seen, a copy however he sent the Doctor. Mr H. then must be in Virginia.—

An American edition of Gregory’s Cyclopedia has just made its appearance. I. Peirce, publisher, Philada. The work I have seen; it is altogether, or at least for the major part, a work of science;—with many plates. It appears in numbers, and when finished will comprehend but two folia volumes.—

I am now enjoying the comforts of a domestic life, with my family, after an absence of some time; but privations must be endured for the public good.—

I am Dr sir, very sincerely, & respectfully;—Your very humble Servt

Jas Cutbush

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Feb. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 203:36168); address cover only; with Dft of TJ’s Observations on the Transportation of the Monticello Library, [ca. 27 Feb. 1815], on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire. Monticello, Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 30 Jan.

Index Entries

  • agriculture; improved method of planting search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • Cutbush, James; and G. Gregory’s Dictionary of Arts and Sciences search
  • Cutbush, James; and J. Hall’s agricultural improvements search
  • Cutbush, James; domestic life of search
  • Cutbush, James; health of search
  • Cutbush, James; letters from search
  • Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (G. Gregory) search
  • Gregory, George; Dictionary of Arts and Sciences search
  • Hall, James; improved planting technique of search
  • Mease, James; and J. Hall’s agricultural improvements search
  • Peirce, Isaac; Philadelphia publisher search
  • Philadelphia; printers in search