Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Vaughan, 24 May 1819

Philad. May 24th 1819

D Sir

When I gave my signature to Ware the Carpenter—I acted from experience & from enquiry—I knew he had been unfortunate; but I had heard nothing against his Character—Whilst absent & after his return reports were current of an unfavorable nature & I felt it my Duty to investigate them—It resulted in my requiring him to obtain a Certificate from his Assignees, which he should exhibit to you—I saw two the assignees & the agent of the third (who could not act)—They all bore testimony in his favor—He offerd to relinquish the contract if I was not justified by the Investigation.

By desire of my Brother I call’d on D Physic to obtain an order for a fresh supply of ointmt for your complaint—he has promised it—but expressed a wish to know the effect of the first quantity sent, as he might be induced to vary it—he used it in various cases with success, but he gives it as his opinion, that it is better to mitigate than to attempt the full eradication—as the total suppression on the exterior might throw it where it would be more essentially injurious, perhaps Sir you would drop a line to D Physic or to myself & I will see him—I trust your health is better.

D Cooper gave in charge to me to procure five stoves—called Rittenhouse—3, of 26 Inch in the Back 2. smaller the persons who cast them advise waiting for the new castings to be here in two or three weeks, they seem however to have Doubts about the kind—Those I understand them to be are formed [GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] so that the air of the room passes freely round the Back & the stove advances a little into the Room—These have superseded the Franklin Double backed stove—

D Sir

I remain Yours &c

Jn Vaughan

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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