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John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 1 May 1812

From John Vaughan

Philad. May 1. 1812

Dr sir

By Mail I send you from A. Michaux a Volume on the Oaks & one on the Birch &c being a Continuation of his Work—I have also in my hands One Sett 3 Vol. Destut Tracy & also Le Sage Vol. fol. Atlas for M Randolph will you please to direct the mode of Sending these—

There has been great detention in getting possession of the Boxes or they would have been earlier at hand—We have the pleasure of M Correa’s Company with us, but the Climate has treated him Severely, & he feels the interruption of the intercourse with Europe & So Ama & dreads a more permanent one—he was much affected at meeting today his Confrere Lescalier Consul General—It reminded him of the loss of his Scientific friends at Paris—“Paris was made for me & I for Paris—we were fond of each other” Dr Wistar, Collins & others try to beguile his time—he is indeed an acquisition—I remain Your friend &cc

Jn Vaughan

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 May 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

Vaughan forwarded the second volume of François André Michaux, Histoire des arbres forestiers de l’Amérique septentrionale, which described North American varieties of oaks (Quercus) and birch (Betula) (Paris, 1812; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1083). TJ had already received portions of Destutt de tracy, Élémens d’Idéologie, 4 vols. (Paris, 1801–15; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1239), in February 1812 (Destutt de Tracy to TJ, 21 Oct. 1811).

Index Entries

  • birch trees; F. A. Michaux on search
  • Collin, Nicholas search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; J. Vaughan on search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; Élémens d’Idéologie search
  • Élémens d’Idéologie (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Genealogical, chronological, historical, and geographical atlas (Las Cases) search
  • Histoire des arbres forestiers de l’Amerique septentrionale (F. A. Michaux) search
  • Las Cases, Emmanuel Auguste Dieudonné Marin Joseph, comte de (A. Le Sage); Genealogical, chronological, historical, and geographical atlas search
  • Las Cases, Emmanuel Auguste Dieudonné Marin Joseph, comte de (A. Le Sage); work of sent to M. J. Randolph search
  • Lescallier, Daniel; and J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Michaux, François André; Histoire des arbres forestiers de l’Amerique septentrionale search
  • oak; F. A. Michaux on search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); books sent to search
  • trees; birch search
  • trees; F. A. Michaux catalogues search
  • trees; oak search
  • Vaughan, John; letters from search
  • Vaughan, John; librarian of American Philosophical Society search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and J. Corrêa da Serra search