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The unceasing calls of my profession have accasioned me to postpone my answer to your esteemed favour longer than I wished—You committed Chancellor Livingstons first paper on the Steam Engine to my care—it was read at the next meeting of the Society & referred to Messrs. Patterson & Latrobe. Those Gentlemen finding no references to the figure, in the descriptions which accompanied it, were...
I believe that I have never been So much in arrears in my epistolary account with you & certainly I never felt more disposed to discharge my debts. In a few days I hope to Send you a short account of Some an ineffectual effort to improve our plan of Education, in which D r Franklin took a part, & also an account of a Mammoths Head which was in existence three years ago, & probably now exists....
I beg leave to present to you Mr Thos. Benger a native of Newfoundland who has resided many years near this city & is greatly respected here—He will be interesting to you on account of his efforts to improve the mode of preparing our black oak bark for exportation as a dye stuff & he goes to Washington to apply for a patent for his improvement. As Mr Benger can give you more information than I...
If Congress should adjourn about the 25 Int. I am afraid that I shall not enjoy the pleasure of meeting you at Washington, which I assure you will greatly diminish my gratification there— I hope to leave this by May 12 & will proceed to the Federal City without delay, I will label the different pieces & name them as well as I can, so that upon your return you will have all the information...
I did not expect any medical Gentleman to call upon me in the way you have Stated, & can only conjecture respecting the Person—A Mr. Philip Thornton whose father lives in the district you have mentioned, left Philada in June last, & I believe has settled in Virginia near the Rappahannock— He engaged as a house pupil in the Pennsylvania Hospital, & was to stay Several years, but after a year &...
I sincerely regret the trouble I am obliged to give you, but the inclosed were directed by the Society to be forwarded to you with a request that they might be transmitted to Mr Levingston— With the warmest wishes for your health & happiness I am most respectfully your friend & servt RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “His Excellency The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 7...
Dr. Wistar offers respectful compliments to Mr. Jefferson. He thinks the Statement perfectly proper and hopes it will excite attention to a Circumstance that promises to be of use in every kind of distillation where boiling is necessary. He has intended for some time to make an experiment with a vessel which should unite Fitch and Voights and Poissonnieres idea of a fire place in the water,...
Dr. Wistars respectful Compliments to Mr. Jefferson and sends the Vials for which he requests Mr. J. to procure a passage in the Balloon. Three facts may be ascertained by bringing down some of the upper Atmosphere—viz The proportion of pure air; The proportion of fixed air, or the absence of it; and the Comparative state of Expansion of the Atmosphere. To ascertain this last Circumstance the...
In consequence of your request, I have made several experiments with a view of ascertaining the best method of proceeding in Mr. Isaacks’ business. It was our wish that the same precise degree of heat might be applied in both distillations, and therefore we agreed to place the Retorts in a water Bath, and the Receivers in Water and Ice. But I have found it very difficult to make the water in a...
Dr. Wistar’s respectful compliments and informs Mr. Jefferson that twelve oclock to morrow will suit Dr. Hutchinson and himself, if it be convenient to Mr. Jefferson. They purpose to make the Distillation at the College in fourth Street, as the Apparatus is there.—C. W. is much obliged to Mr. Jefferson for the Book. RC ( MHi ); endorsed as received 20 Mch. 1791 and so recorded in SJL .