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My friend mr Thomas Digges of Warburton whom you met here the first evening I had the pleasure of seeing you here, being about to send his two nephews, mr Fitzgerald & mr Carroll to Philadelphia for the study of medecine, wishes for the benefit of some information or counsel from you on their subject. apprehensive that the momentary view you had of him here may not sufficiently justify his...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to Doctr. Wistar for the copy of Segur’s Frederic which he shall read with great satisfaction knowing the author to be a man of talents and information. Baron Humboldt, Doctr. Fothergill and their companions arrived here some days ago. the Doctr. was already known by his works, and the emigration of such men as he & Priestly to end their days with us is an...
I have the pleasure to inclose for communication to the society observations made on a lunar eclipse at the Observatory of Philadelphia on the 21st of Sep. last by messrs. Patterson & Ellicot. Also some extracts from a letter I recieved from mr Dunbar of the Natchez with Meteorological observations for the year 1800. made there by him, and remarks on the soil, climate & productions of the...
Your favor of the 10th. of Apr. in answer to mine of Mar. 22. satisfied me perfectly as to Doctr. Barnwell whom therefore I then concluded to appoint to the hospital of N. Orleans, if established. but learning afterwards that Doctr. Bache had determined to remove to the Missisipi, I could have no hesitation to offer the place to him, as eminently qualified for it. I did so, and he has accepted...
While visiting some parts of Europe, I thought it might be useful to bring home some specimens of the different coins I met with, some of copper, some of silver, & others of a mixture of both called billon. having then a mint to established I supposed they might furnish subjects for consideration, & sometimes imitation. to these have been since added some other coins & some medals which have...
The inclosed sheets may contain some details which perhaps may be thought interesting enough for the transactions of our society. they were forwarded to me by mr Dunbar with a couple of vocabularies which I retain to be added to my collection. What follows is to be perfectly confidential. I have at length succeeded in procuring an essay to be made of exploring the Missouri & whatever river,...
Yours of the 19th. has been recieved, as was a former one proposing mr Hassler to be employed in the survey of the coast. I have heard so much good of him as to feel a real wish that he may find the emploiment of a nature to which his physical constitution & habits may be equal. I doubt it. in yielding this as to mr Hassler, I transgress a principle I have considered as important in making...
Having recieved the inclosed essay on public education from it’s author, the revd. mr Knox , &, as I presume with a view that it should be communicated to the Philosophical society, I take the liberty of putting it under cover to you for that purpose, and to present you my salutations & respect. RC (William Reese Company, New Haven, Connecticut, 2001); at foot of text: “Doctr. Wistar.” PrC (...
Th: Jefferson with his friendly salutations to Doctr. Wistar incloses him a paper for the Society from Dr. Mitchell on the ice-islands. By mr Wingate who goes on in a few days he shall send for the society addressed to mr Peale a horned or rather thorny lizard, living. it comes nearer to the Lacerta amphibia of Linnaeus than any thing else. it differs materially in the tail which is conical &...
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly salutations to Doctr. Wistar and incloses him a letter from the Vice President of the Agricultural society of N.Y. on the subject of uniting all the Agricultural societies of the United States by the link of a Central society at the Seat of the Genl. government: to be communicated to the American Philosophl. society. he has recieved Dr. Wistar’s letter of...
I inclose you a pamphlet from mr Biot a member of the National institute which he desires to have presented to the society. I inclose also his letter containing a request, which perhaps was meant to be addressed to the members individually, or such of them as might have an opportunity of making the observations he wishes for. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of esteem & respect. PPAmP .
What I am now to write about will be in perfect confidence between ourselves. the legislature is likely to establish a marine hospital at New Orleans, where we lose about 400. boatmen & seamen annually by sickness. I think it probable that we shall have a run on us, of recommendations of young men, just from their lectures, unsettled, and without experience, to obtain the superintendance of a...
I am much indebted for your favor of the 4th. & for the information & kind offers of attention to my grandson. it was much the wish both of mr Randolph & myself that he should have gone this autumn to Philadelphia, & it had been decided on. but mr Ogilvie, his present tutor has been so earnest in his desires to keep him another year that it has been consented to, in the expectation that he...
I recieved last night your favor of the 22d. and believe it will be as well to send the books from Cepede by one of the vessels which habitually ply between Philadelphia & this place. Capt. Hand often brings things for me. I send you by post herewith an interesting volume of Faujas de St. Fond on the great fossil bones, which after reading may be returned either with La Cepede’s or otherwise...
The inclosed papers, with some eggs of the silk-worm of Italy were sent to me from Siena, by mr Robert K. Lowry travelling in that country. the eggs I have disposed of in their proper climate: and I do not know that I can better second the benevolent views of the writer than by committing his papers to the A. Philosophical society. should they deem them proper for publication, their benefit...
I have recieved from a scientific gentleman in Copenhagen a box containing 150. pieces of Roman coin in bronze of different sizes from the reign of Augustus to that of Theodosius, comprehending a space of 400. years. though addressed to me personally, I am sure I shall better fulfill the enlarged views of that gentleman by placing them where they may be of more extensive use. I ask permission...
This will be handed you by my grandson Th Jefferson Randolph who goes on to Philadelphia to attend the lectures in Anatomy, Natural history & Surgery during this winter, and of Botany in the spring. those of Anatomy & Natural history, in the winter course, are to occupy his attention almost exclusively and he will attend the course of Surgery merely to get the outlines of the doctrines, and to...
I have a grandson, the son of mr Randolph, now about 15. years of age, in whose education I take a lively interest. his time has not hitherto been employed to the greatest advantage, a frequent change of tutors having prevented the steady pursuit of any one plan. whether he possesses that lively imagination, usually called genius, I have not had opportunities of knowing. but I think he has an...
I wrote you on the 19th. Dec. my expectations of the arrival at this place of the big bones which General Clarke had dug from the lick & forwarded to me. they arrived last night, and now I must repeat my hope that you will think the object worthy of a visit to this place in order to select for the society whatever is unpossessed by them. it is only the duplicates of what they possess which I...
I inclose you a letter from Doctr. Brown by which you will percieve that the bones which are the subject of it, are likely to go to some other destination. but I think you will also be sensible from the letter as well as from an extract of a newspaper inclosed, that it will be in the power of the society to have procured for a much less sum than these would have cost any particular bones which...
I sincerely regret the postponement of your departure till the 12th. of May. Congress will rise tomorrow, and I shall leave this on the 5th. of May. if you could have left Philadelphia on the 1st. I might have had the pleasure of being with you here 2. or 3. days. if this be impracticable, and your journey to Pittsburg should be such as to prevent your return before the 11th. of June (by which...
Mr. T. M. Randolph being desirous of perusing the work of Faujas which I sent you some time ago, if you are done with it, I will ask the favor of you to inclose it to me by post: but if you have any further use for it, he will wait your convenience. have you seen a work of Morveau’s Sur les moyens de desinfecter l’air Etc.? it is a work of great interest to cities subject to infection, to...
I am indebted to mr Kuhn, our Consul at Genoa, for M. de Moveau’s book on the disinfection of air, and for a set of his permanent and portable apparatus for disinfection. for this attention to what may be useful to his country, Mr. Kuhn deserves our high commendations. I do not know that I can more effectually answer his views than by depositing these things with the American Philosophical...
In the course of the day on which you left us here in July last, a young medical gentleman called on me in the expectation of meeting you here & of being presented by you. he of course had to make himself known, and by papers which he produced I saw indeed that he occupied ground in the opinions of my medical friends in Philadelphia far above the common. his name I have forgotten, & have but...
I inclose you a letter from Dr. Goforth on the subject of the bones of the Mammoth. immediately on reciept of this, as I found it was in my power to accomplish the wishes of the society for the completion of this skeleton with more certainty than through the channel proposed in the letter, I set the thing into motion, so that it will be effected without any expence to the society, or other...
The inclosed letter from Colo. Tatham and the fac simile it covers, being intended for the A. Philosophical society, I take the liberty of communicating them through you, and tender you my friendly salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect. PPAmP .
Yours of the 12th. is recieved. Congress I think will rise in about three weeks, say about the 11th. of April and I shall leave this 5. or 6 days after on a visit of some length to Monticello. this illy accords with your journey to the Westward in May. but can you not separate your excursion to this place from the Western journey? between Philadelphia & this place is but two days, & the roads...
Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to Dr. Wistar; & incloses him mr Stuart’s letter which gives the only information he possesses respecting the squirrel’s head. Capt. Lewis’s rout will probably, as soon as he arrives here be engraved. a copy shall be sent to the society, as also of Lt. Pike’s survey of the Misipi. & Freeman’s of the Red river. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
By the preceding post you will have recieved some Observations transmitted [here] by Mr. Legaux, [& also] two precious volumes of Comparative anatomy presented to the Society by mr Cuvier , the author. I now inclose you a letter from Chancellor Livingston on the subject of the large [bones] lately found [in New York] with a drawing, & also a paper enclosed me in a former [private] letter, but...
I have written this day to Doctr. Brown and to mr John Brown to take measures for ascertaining where the bones which are the subject of your letter now are, whether there be among them any bones of the Megalonyx or of the head of the Mammoth, to sound the owner as to price, & to communicate to us the result. it would have been desirable for me to have been able to state to Dr. Brown the...
ThJefferson presents his friendly salutations to Doctr. Wistar, and according to the desire of M. Dupont de Nemours incloses for the Philosophical society a work of his. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I have never heard to what family you ascribed the Wild sheep, or fleecy goat, as Govr. Lewis called it, or the Poko-tragos, if it’s name must be Greek. he gave me a skin; but I know he carried a more perfect one, with the horns on, to mr Peale, & if I recollect well those horns, they, with the fleece, would induce one to suspect it to be the Lama, or at least a Lamae affinis. I will thank you...
I inclose for communication to the Philosophical society a paper from mr Dunbar of Natchez, on the subject of the Missisipi river which will be found a valuable addition to what we have already recieved from him relative to the lower country on it’s banks. At the request of mr Lewis also of Campbell county Virginia, I inclose a paper which was accompanied by the specimens it refers to. tho’...