Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Vaughan, 21 May 1825

Philad. May 21. 1825

Dear Sir

The rapid & prosperous advances made in this Country under a form of Government so different from those of Europe, has of late induced Travellers to visit us with Philosophic Views, to examine effects, ascertain causes & to know those individuals which remain, who were the master workmen in the excetion of the Political Edifice & giving it the solid foundation that it has been shewn to possess.—He has other letters to you, but I must be indulged in joining my testimony in favor of this highly gifted & respectable Traveller Count Charles deVidua—I promise myself that his visit will be the prelude of many others, & be the means of bringing the best men of other Countries acquainted with the best men of ours, & thus lay the foundation of great mutual respect, & open the door to enlightend political & Literary Connections—

He is anxious to see the important establishment for Education to the Establishment of which you have given so much of your time & talents, & which You have lived to see carried into operation—May you yet be spared many years to witness its prosperity—

I remain sincerly your friend

Jn Vaughan

I omitted to Mention that the Count not having yet acquired our Language has fortunately met with a M Vischer of Switzerland, a of Eminence in his own Country who travells with the same views, & has agreed to accompany him.


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