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Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Smith Barton, 3 April 1813

To Benjamin Smith Barton

Monticello Apr. 3. 13.

Dear Sir

Yours of the 23d Ult. has been duly recieved, and I shall place the subject of it before the President in a letter I am to write him immediately on another subject. nothing certainly can give me greater pleasure than to be useful to you on this and every other occasion. at the same time I am satisfied no stimulus can be wanting on the mind of the President. nobody better knows your qualifications for the office you desire, nor would be more disposed to do justice to them.

When shall we have your book on American botany, and when the 1st volume of Lewis & Clarke’s travels? both of these works are of general expectation, and great interest, and to no one of more than to myself. Accept the assurance of my constant esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Barton Papers, Violetta Delafield–Benjamin Smith Barton Collection); addressed: “Doctr Benjamin S. Barton Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Milton, 7 Apr. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

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  • Army, U.S.; medical department search
  • Barton, Benjamin Smith; and appointment to U.S. Army medical department search
  • Barton, Benjamin Smith; and history of Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • Barton, Benjamin Smith; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition; history of search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search