James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Caspar Wistar Jr., 29 May 1804

From Caspar Wistar Jr.

Philada May 29. 1804

Dear Sir

Permit me to introduce to you two very distinguished Travellers, Dr. Anthony Fothergill1 lately from Bath in England, where he has been long established & enjoyed great reputation honourably acquired by numerous successful exertions in the Cause of Science & humanity and the celebrated Baron Humbolt, who is now on his way to Europe after an excursion of more than five years in South America & in New Spain—his great acquirements in Science, & his zeal in exploring these interesting Countries have rendered him an object of universal attention among the Philosophical People of Europe who seem to have watched his progress with the greatest anxiety. With sincere wishes for the Continuance of your health & that of Mrs. Maddison I beg leave to subscribe my self your obliged friend

C. Wistar Junr.


1Anthony Fothergill (ca. 1732–1813) was an English physician and philanthropist who published a number of scientific works in chemistry and medicine. He retired from an extensive practice in Bath and moved to Philadelphia in 1803, where he lived until returning to England in 1812.

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