Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Archer, 28 April 1802

From John Archer

City of Washington April 28th 1802


Doctr: Joseph MCreary of Wilmington State of Delaware is desirous of being appointed a Surgeon to the Hospital to be established at New-Orleans. He is recommended to me by Doctr: Geo: Monro of the State of Delaware as a Gentn. of Talents well qualified to discharge the Duties of his Profession, sober and industrious and firmly attached to the present Administration—Dr: Monro is a Gentn. of Repute in whose Recommendation I place the greatest Confidence, I therefore recommend Dr: MCreary to your Consideration for the aforesd Appointment

I am with the greatest Respect & Esteem

John Archer

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 28 Apr. and “Doctr. Jos. Mc.rary Wilmington to be surgeon to the hospital at N. Orleans” and so recorded in SJL.

George MONRO, a native of New Castle and a 1784 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of medicine degree, was a member of the Royal Medical Society at Edinburgh, the American Philosophical Society, and the Medical Society of Delaware. He was related by blood or marriage to the first two Republican governors of Delaware (Henry C. Conrad, History of the State of Delaware, 3 vols. [Wilmington, Del., 1908], 3:1064–5; John A. Munroe, Federalist Delaware, 1775–1815 [New Brunswick, N.J., 1954], 178; Philadelphia Pennsylvania Evening Post, 5 June 1784; Philadelphia Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, 23 Apr. 1789; Federal Gazette & Baltimore Daily Advertiser, 6 Aug. 1796).

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