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Benjamin Rush to Thomas Jefferson, 26 April 1812

From Benjamin Rush

Philadelphia April 26th 1812

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 20th instant came safe to hand, but not accompanied with the pamphflet you have mentioned in it. I have read your letter to Mr Adams with pleasure, & shall put it into the post office tomorrow agreeably to your Wishes.—

The daughters of the late Wm Lyman & his only son arrived in this city a few Weeks ago from London. Two of them are now members of my family. The Eldest of them—a most accomplished woman in point of mind is now at Washington, Where she has probably communicated some Anecdotes to Mr Monroe relative to the noted Mr Henry (whom she knew in London) that may serve to extend the Views of the Executive of the mischief intended by him.

I have often heard of the great respect of your daughter Mrs Randolph for Religion. I beg you will present her with the excellent little work which accompanies this letter in defence of the Object of her faith and Affections. It will be invaluable in the hands of her Children. Health, respect & friendship! from

Dear Sir yours very Affectionately

Benjn Rush

PS: I am now preparing for the press the result of the reading,1 experience, and reflections of fifty years upon all the forms of madness, and upon all2 the Other diseases of the mind

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 1 May 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

William lyman was United States consul at London from 1804 until his death on 22 Sept. 1811. His only son was his namesake William Lyman, and the eldest of his five daughters was Jerushia Lyman (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 1:476, 477 [11, 12 Dec. 1804]; Cooperstown Federalist, 23 Nov. 1811; Lyman’s will, 17 Sept. 1811, proved in London, 12 Oct. 1811, Philadelphia Will Book, 3:417–21). Rush enclosed Beilby Porteus, A Summary of the Principal Evidences for the Truth and Divine Origin of the Christian Revelation (London, 1800, and later eds.; see Rush to TJ, 15 Mar. 1813). Rush was preparing his Medical Inquiries and Observations, upon the Diseases of the Mind (Philadelphia, 1812).

1Word interlined.

2Reworked from “fifty years upon madness, and all.”

Index Entries

  • Adams, John; resumes correspondence with TJ search
  • A Summary of the Principal Evidences for the Truth and Divine Origin of the Christian Revelation (Porteus) search
  • Henry, John; mission of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with J. Adams search
  • Lyman, Jerushia; B. Rush on search
  • Lyman, William, Jr.; arrives at Philadelphia search
  • Lyman, William; consul at London search
  • Medical Inquiries and Observations, upon the Diseases of the Mind (B. Rush) search
  • medicine; books on search
  • Monroe, James; as secretary of state search
  • Porteus, Beilby; A Summary of the Principal Evidences for the Truth and Divine Origin of the Christian Revelation search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); books sent to search
  • Rush, Benjamin; and religion search
  • Rush, Benjamin; and resumption of correspondence between TJ and J. Adams search
  • Rush, Benjamin; hospitality to Lyman family search
  • Rush, Benjamin; letters from search
  • Rush, Benjamin; Medical Inquiries and Observations, upon the Diseases of the Mind search
  • Rush, Benjamin; TJ sends batture pamphlet to search