Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Caspar Wistar, 31 March 1801

To Caspar Wistar

Washington Mar. 31. 1801.

Dear Sir

By the preceding post you will have recieved some Observations transmitted [here] by Mr. Legaux, [& also] two precious volumes of Comparative anatomy presented to the Society by mr Cuvier, the author. I now inclose you a letter from Chancellor Livingston on the subject of the large [bones] lately found [in New York] with a drawing, & also a paper enclosed me in a former [private] letter, but referred to in this. Accept assurances of my high consideration & respect

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Doctr. Wistar”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: Robert R. Livingston to TJ, 17 Mch.

The American Philosophical Society received Peter Legaux’s meteorological observations and the work by cuvier during a meeting in Philadelphia on 3 Apr. (APS, description begins American Philosophical Society description ends Proceedings, 22, pt. 3 [1884], 310). TJ apparently sent the items to Wistar without a cover letter.

Paper: see the enclosure listed at Livingston to TJ, 6 Mch.

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