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John Patterson to Thomas Jefferson, 6 January 1819

From John Patterson

Baltimore 6 Jany 1819—

Dear sir

I sent you yesterday, by the mail, a pamphlet, by Dr Potter of this City, on Contagion, which he gave to me for that purpose—Dr Potter is a man of genius, & his memoir has arrayed against him, a host of enemies among the advocates of the old system which he attempts to explode—

I have also, sir, to thank you for the pamphlet1 containing the report of the Commissioners, respecting the University of Virginia, which you had the goodness to send me. There is no subject which interests me so much as the establishment of the University, & I hope soon to see it in operation—With my best wishes for the continuation of your health & happiness I am dear sir

Your Hble servt

Jno Patterson

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received 10 Jan. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of first two pages of TJ to Joseph C. Cabell, 1 Mar. 1819, on recto and verso; addressed: “To Thomas Jefferson Esqr Milton Va”; stamped; postmarked Baltimore, 6 Jan.

The pamphlet was Nathaniel Potter, A Memoir on Contagion, more especially as it respects the Yellow Fever: read in convention of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, On the 3d of June, 1817 (Baltimore, 1818; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 5 [no. 197]).

1Manuscript: “pamplet.”

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  • A Memoir on Contagion, more especially as it respects the Yellow Fever (N. Potter) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia search
  • Patterson, John; and University of Virginia search
  • Patterson, John; letters from search
  • Patterson, John; sends works to TJ search
  • Potter, Nathaniel; A Memoir on Contagion, more especially as it respects the Yellow Fever search
  • Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson); distributed by TJ search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ report search
  • yellow fever; works on search