Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Vaughan, 8 July 1806

Philad: July 8. 1806

Dear Sir

Your favor of 24 June is recieved as also the Bones It is to be regretted that the least valuable object, should have so much Injured those that were more so.—

I shall with pleasure add your acknowledgemt to that of the Society to Mr. Stockler—both are suspended until the result of the Election of Mr S. is known, by the special desire of Mr Freire he is proposed, & he appears both from his publications & his situation, to be a desireable acquisition.

I forward by this days mail, from F.A. Michaux his Voyage & a pamphlet relative to American Trees I have been much gratified by his Statement, & the official report to the French Governmt—Abbe Raynal would have (if alive) to reverse his Stigma of Degeneracy—I should have translated & published an abstract, but as Mr. Bradford intends to insert it in his Edn of Rees Cyclopedia—I did not think it right to deprive him of the Novelty of it—Michaux it appears is come to procure these trees &c, he stays at New York until December & will be very much with Dr Hossac—the expence allotted is 8000 Ds. per an:—previous to seeing this pamphlet, I was induced to enquire what were his objects & whether he was free to be employed if wanted to explore &c—he intimated that his pursuits would not prevent it—but since I have seen the precise footing on which he stands—the result is that his own Country must absorb all that is useful & would have a right if inclination did not exist, to every species of observation he might make—he Stays 3. Years

I send a few copies of a small publication on Vaccination

I remain with great respect Your friend & Serv

Jn Vaughan

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