Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Obadiah Rich, 23 July 1815

To Obadiah Rich

Monticello July 23. 15.


I thank you for the botanical synopsis you have been so kind as to send me. it is a science to which I was formerly much attached; but long abstraction from it by other duties has lessened my familiarity with it. it is too a science peculiarly addressed to the memory, a faculty among the first which suffers decay from years. I still however recieve the synopsis thankfully as a mark of your kind attention, and an evidence of your science in so valuable a branch of knolege

I now write to the President on the subject of your request of the Consulship of Malaga, and forward to him the recommendations recieved with your letter. whether the place be vacant or not, I am not informed. possession of it in another would certainly be an obstacle of weight, as yourself would wish it to be should you recieve the appointment. if vacant the respectability of your recommendations will undoubtedly command attention. with my best wishes for your success, Accept the assurance of my great respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Peter A. Guestier to TJ, 12 July 1815; with most of a line of text repeated due to a malfunction of the polygraph and then canceled by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Oliver Rich”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Rich Oliver” and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • A Synopsis of the Genera of American Plants (O. Rich) search
  • books; on botany search
  • botany; books on search
  • botany; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; botany search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters of recommendation to search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Rich, Obadiah; A Synopsis of the Genera of American Plants search
  • Rich, Obadiah; letter to search
  • Rich, Obadiah; recommended for appointment search
  • Rich, Obadiah; seeks consular appointment search