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Thomas Jefferson to Robert Patterson, 1 October 1809

To Robert Patterson

Monticello Octob. 1. 09.

Dear Sir

Mr Lambert does not, in the inclosed letter, say precisely that he meant it as a communication to the Philosophical society, yet from a particular expression in it, I think it was his idea. I send it to you therefore to be made such use of as you think proper, and of which you are the best judge. I salute you with constant esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: APS Archives, Manuscript Communications); addressed (torn): “Mr Robert P[atterson]”; franked. PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: William Lambert to TJ, 19 Sept. 1809, and enclosure.

On 6 Oct. 1809 the American Philosophical Society considered this letter and referred Lambert’s table on lunar movements to a committee consisting of John Garnett, Patterson, and John Rhea Smith (APS, Minutes [MS in PPAmP]).

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; members of search
  • American Philosophical Society; TJ forwards material to search
  • Garnett, John; and W. Lambert’s astronomical calculations search
  • Lambert, William; Table for Computing the Moon’s Motion, with Explanations search
  • moon; calculations of motion, position, and distance of search
  • Patterson, Robert; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Patterson, Robert; letters to search
  • Smith, John Rhea; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Table for Computing the Moon’s Motion, with Explanations (Lambert) search