Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from B. T. Longbothom, 24 November 1801

From B. T. Longbothom

Novr. 24th. 1801


Tho’ ambitious of the pleasure to be known to you I am without the immediate means of arriving thereat, unless through this expedient which however it may differ from the usual routine of introductions I shall be gratified to find answer the effect.—You cannot but be aware how much a Gentleman in your Station influences the conduct of those around him—could I obtain the honor of your countenance at this present I do not doubt it would lead to a Practice in this Country which may establish my future independance Should you incline thereto I beg to assure you neither my past Situation in Life or future conduct will give you reason to regret having bestowed your favor unworthily I have the honor to be Sir with much respect Your Obedt. Hbl St

B. T. Longbothom

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received from Washington on 24 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.

In a Washington newspaper advertisement for his services, B. T. Longbothom identified himself as a “surgeon dentist,” with learning in London and experience in Jamaica. He published Treatise on Dentistry, Explaining the Diseases of the Teeth and Gums, with the Most Effectual Means of Prevention and Remedy; to which is added, Dentition; with Rules to be Observed during that Interesting Period (Baltimore, 1802; Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819, New York, 1958–63, 22 vols. description ends , No. 2549; National Intelligencer, 23 Dec. 1801).

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