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Permit me to offer you my most sincere & affectionate congratulations on the recent election, which I hope will contribute to your individual happiness as much as I am certain it will to the benefit of our beloved Country—Sensible of the laborious task which is now imposed upon you, it is with great reluctance that I intrude upon your valuable time, & beg from your good nature an indulgence...
The fear of intruding upon you at a time when you had not leisure, & the belief that you seldom have leisure now, have prevented me so long from offering you my sincere thanks for your kindness in the appointment of Mr Dobell —I hope & believe that he will merit your confidence, and am certain that he will ever retain a grateful sense of it—Since my last I have been favoured with two notes...
I have delayed my reply to your favour of March 22d. in order to inform myself more fully respecting some of the heads of your inquiry— My acquaintance with Dr Barnwell commenced about a year & a half since, in consequence of a communication he made to the A.P.S., which was ordered to be published, but was lost by the Printer. He has since then sometimes visited me, & conversed respecting...
I feel a considerable degree of embarrassment on the present occasion, but trust to your good nature for excusing the liberty I take, & the trouble I give you—My object is to state to you that I have for a long time been acquainted with the character of Mr G. Latimer, * The Collector & have known him personally for some years, & that he has allways appeared to me to be a man of business & of...
I beg leave to recommend to you the Bearer, Mr. P. Kuhn Junr., a very amiable & worthy young gentleman who is about establishing a commercial house at Gibralter—He is the Son of a Gentleman of very high character for honour & integrity, who has been long & successfully engaged in the mediterranean trade—as he has been educated in his Father’s Compting House, & has acquired a knowledge of...
I received the two french works which accompany this—viz A Plan of Public Education, & a Treatise on the Intellectual Operations, from Mr Livingston the Minister at Paris I am afraid that I have detained them too long & crave therefore that Indulgence you have ever extended to your faithful friend RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “His Excellency The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ...
I beg leave to trouble you with the inclosed for Captain Lewis , they do not include many points, because his instructions have really anticipated every thing which occurred to me, & of course admitted of no additions but in detail. I have also avoided several subjects which I expected would be fully detailed by Dr Barton , as being particularly within those departments of Science to which he...
Since my last , which inclosed a letter to Major Lewis, I have been informed that Monsieur Pieroux, while Commandant near the mouth of the Missouri, had sent a party of Indians up the river on a voyage of discovery, & that they returned after an absence of two years—this was communicated to me by Col: OHara of Pittsburgh who saw Pieroux at Kaskaskias during the Revolution War—I believe that...
I beg leave to inform you that Mr Hulings of New Orleans formerly lived in this City & appeared to be a very promising young gentleman— He has resided a long time on the Missisippi I have often heard him mentioned & allways with respect as a man of business and a good citizen— With the highest esteem I have the honour to be your friend & servant RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR ); at head of text: “To...
It has happened to me more than once, to feel great pain & regret while I was writing to you, on account of the trouble I occasioned you, & the liberty I was taking, in soliciting promotion &ca., for the persons in question. I assure you those sensations occur with unusual force on the present occasion, which is this—Dr. Bache has nearly concluded his tour [of] attendance on the Missisippi...
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...
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...
I have the pleasure of informing you that I have received from Mr Livingston at Paris, the Natural History of Fishes, by the Celebrated La Cepede, which the Author delivered to him to be presented to you—it composes six Quarto Volumes—I ought not to trouble you with the enquiry how to send it, but as I know of none but the circuitous rout by Sea—I believe it will be best to wait for your...
I beg leave to present to you two very respectable travellers who are now on their way to the seat of Government for the purpose of offering their respects to you. It is most probable that you are already well acquainted with the name & great merits of each as Dr. Anthony Fothergill is the Physician of Bath in England who has distinguished himself by so many publications all of which are...
I have the pleasure of inclosing Capt. Hand’s Receipt for the box Containing La Cepede’s work upon Fishes—there was a loose paper which accompanied them inscribed for you but no other memorandum—I took the liberty of placing in this box Segur’s Account of Fk. William of Prussia which I believe you will read with great interest—I wish it was generally read, for no one can reflect without horror...
Permit me to make known to you my Brother, Thos. Wistar, who is one of a very worthy and respectable Committee of the Society of friends, deputed by that body, to solicit the attention of Congress to the subject of African Slavery, as it may be Connected with Louisiana & the other territories subject to their immediate Controll—This letter is not necessary, for I know that your attention flows...
I presented your letter respecting the Roman Coin to the Society, & was requested to assure you in the name of the members of that Institution, that they accept with particular Satisfaction this new proof of your regard, & shall allways consider it as entitled to particular care, not only on account of its intrinsic merit, but of the liberal and enlarged views with which it was originally...
I beg leave to inform you that the College of Physicians of Philada. have sent by the mail which carries this a Pamphlet containing “Additional Facts & Observations relative to the Pestilential Fever,” & that they request you to accept it as a mark of their respect—I believe it contains indisputable proofs of a Contagious quality in the yellow fever, in the instances there specified, & if this...
I sincerely regret my omission respecting the head of the Mammoth, not only an account of the delay which it has occasioned, but also because it has given you additional trouble—We want the intire Cranium or Scull, & also the external bones of the face—the Sockets of the tusks being very incomplete externally—I learn that there was part of a head among the bones lately at Pittsburgh, but have...
I beg leave to inclose a letter addressed to Dr Goforth, & to request that you would be pleased to direct it, & send it to the Post Office. We Cannot ascertain his residence with Certainty, as he formerly lived at Washington Kentucky, but has removed to Cincinnati, or some place in its vicinity, as you Can probably procure the necessary information, from some of the Members of Congress, we beg...
I fear that I am doing wrong by writing to you upon a subject with which I am not acquainted, but one of the friends of Mr Hensler a Swiss now in this City, extorted a promise from me that I would mention him to you with a view to his employment in surveying the Coast &c—I therefore beg leave to state to you that many circumstances which have occurred during his residence here, have made a...
Please to accept my Sincere thanks for your kind communication of Feby. 25 last. I assure you that I sincerely regret the part I have taken in proposing an appointment which was contrary to a principle that seems so very correct. I confidently hope that he will give you satisfaction for he appears to have excited very unusual sensations of concern in the minds of many of our mathematical...
I assure you that I did not wait for a second invitation from you—The pleasure of Complying with your wish will ever be a sufficient inducement to take me much further than Washington, if there were no other object, but the examination you propose is very interesting to me, & I am certain of deriving much pleasure from a view of Baltimore & the Federal City with its improvements. My delay has...
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 am afraid that you will Consider me as having forgotten. my Engagements, & indeed you have too much reason—I hope your good nature will be exerted, & that you will extend your Patience about 25 days more—my professional duties which have been unusually imperious, & frequent indispositions, I hope will Serve as my apology— I am thus far on my way to Pittsburgh; & intend to take Washington on...
When I left Washington it was my intention to have written to you much sooner but I have procrastinated to this time in consequence of languor which was induced by the heat before my arrival at your hospitable abode where I got rid of a part of it— A principal reason for my writing was to state to you my belief that the languor you were affected with was not the pure Consequence of increasing...
Permit me to present to you the Bearer Mr. Isaac Roberdeau—The Son of the late Colo. Danl. Roberdeau who was much distinguished here by his activity & patriotism at the commencement of the revolution—Mr. Roberdeau married a niece of our friend the late Dr Shippen Miss Blair of Germantown & has been long engaged in pursuits which must have given him experience in the line of his profession....
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 &...
Permit me to present to you Mr. Edward Tilghman Junr. a merchant of this City, who has some representation to make to the Treasury Department. He is the Son of a very worthy & respectable Citizen, & is a frank candid honourable young gentleman— With Sentiments of the greatest respect I beg leave to Subscribe Your obliged friend DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The Bearer Mr. H. Toland Junr is a very interesting young Gentleman & Son of a very worthy Citizen of Philadelphia—I could not let him go to Washington without giving him an opportunity of paying his respects to you— Jefferson is very well employed, and in good health— With the greatest regard, I beg leave to Subscribe myself your obliged friend DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.