To John Redman Coxe
Washington Jan. 25. 1801.
I have recieved your favor of the 17th. inst. informing me that the American Philosophical Society had been pleased again to appoint me to the Presidency of that institution, and by an unanimous vote. for this mark of the confidence of the society, as dear to me as it is honorable, I pray you to convey to them my humble acknolegements, and a renewal of the assurances of my devotion to their service. I had believed the interests of the society would have been better consulted by the appointment of a President more at hand to perform the duties of his station, and had taken the liberty to express that opinion in a letter to one of the respectable Vice presidents. they have decided on a different course, and have imposed on me a higher obligation, by an attention to such services as may be rendered in absence, to make up for those which that absence prevents.
I pray you, Sir, to accept my thanks for the politeness of your communication, and assurances of my high consideration & respect.
RC (PPAmP); addressed: “Doctr. John Redman Coxe Philadelphia. 80 North Front street”; franked; post-marked 27 Jan.; endorsed for the American Philosophical Society. PrC (DLC).
The physician John Redman Coxe (1773–1864) was born in Trenton, New Jersey. His father, a staunch Loyalist during the American Revolution, was Tench Coxe’s first cousin. John Redman Coxe, who completed his general education in London and Edinburgh, was later acknowledged to be a fine scholar of classical languages and culture. He began his medical training in London, then returned to the U.S. to study under Benjamin Rush and receive an M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He began the practice of medicine in Philadelphia in 1796. He taught chemistry in the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania for several years beginning in 1809 and published several reference works and other medical books, some of which contained only limited original material. Although early in his career he had been an innovative proponent of vaccination, as time went on he was criticized for the backwardness of his medical views. Elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in July 1799, he was made a councillor the following year and in 1801 was one of four secretaries of the society. During his life he amassed a personal library of several thousand volumes with particular emphasis on medicine and theology (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; Cooke, Coxe, description begins Jacob E. Cooke, Tench Coxe and the Early Republic, Chapel Hill, 1978 description ends 10; APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Proceedings, 22, pt. 3 , 283, 290, 307).
The favor of 17 Jan. from Coxe, in his capacity as a secretary of the APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , formally notified TJ of his unanimous reelection as president in the society’s balloting on 2 Jan. 1801 (RC in DLC; addressed: “The Honble Ths. Jefferson Vice President of the U. States City of Washington”; endorsed by TJ as received 21 Jan. and so recorded in SJL).
Pray you to convey to them: TJ’s letter above was read at a meeting of the APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends on 6 Feb. (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Proceedings, 22, pt. 3 , 309).