Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Wythe, 31 August 1803

From George Wythe

31 of august, 1803.

G ’ Wythe to T ’ Jefferson

My kinsman James Westwood Wallace proposeth to remove to New-Orleans, invited by the prospect of providing for a numerous and increasing familie there better than he can provide for them here. he professeth medicine. any kind office to him will be grateful to me. adieu.

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Sep. and “Wallace Dr. James for N. Orleans” and so recorded in SJL.

kinsman: Wallace’s great-grandmother, Anne Wythe, was Wythe’s paternal grandmother. After studying with Dr. Gustavus Brown of Maryland, Wallace attended medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he became a member of the Royal Medical Society. In 1793, he received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to have a successful practice at Fauquier Court House, Virginia. A brother-in-law of Washington, D.C., marshal Daniel Carroll Brent, he died in 1838 (Daily National Intelligencer, 5 Sep. 1838; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892- description ends , 1st ser., 9 [1900-01], 130-1; Madison to TJ, 11 Sep. 1803).

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