Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Cooper, 1 September 1820

1 Sep. 1820.

Dear Sir

I wrote hastily yesterday for fear of losing the post. But as I believe I am in time to day, I write to say that I think there is nothing to be apprehended at Columbia in point of health. There is no swamp, no stagnant water near it; the mist of the River grounds, has never been known to cross the main street; and during the three last years, it has not only been healthy, but singularly so. This year has furnished no exception to its general character so far as I know. We have yellow fever in and near Water Street in this City, and about a case a day on the average, since the bulletins of the board of Health have appeared. It may spread, but no alarm prevails as yet, among men of usual information.

I send you to day, my article on Weights & Measures in the new edition of Willicks domestic Encyclopedia, which will out in about a month. Knowing the interest you have taken in this question, I thought it would amuse you.

Accept my respectful good wishes.

Thomas Cooper

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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