Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Rush, 29 July 1799

From Benjamin Rush

Philadelphia July 29. 1799

Dear Sir/

Herewith you will receive two pamphflets, the one upon the causes of Animal life, the Other upon the Origin of the yellow fever in our city, & upon the means of preventing it. The latter has been generally read by our citizens, and has removed a small portion of their prejudices upon the Subject of our annual calamity. But time, and Another Visitation by the disease, I fear will Alone cure us of our Absurd, & destructive belief in its importation.

Adieu. Continue to number me among your friends. While Science, and the principles & events of 1776, are congenial to my heart, your name will be dear to

Benjn: Rush.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received on 8 Aug. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Benjamin Rush, Three Lectures upon Animal Life, Delivered in the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1799). (2) Benjamin Rush, Observations upon the Origin of the Malignant Bilious, or Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, and upon the Means of Preventing It: Addressed to the Citizens of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, 1799). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends Nos. 967, 976.

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