Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to George C. Shattuck, 11 March 1809

To George C. Shattuck

Washington Mar. 11–09.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Shattuck and his thanks for the copy of the Boylston prize dissertation which he was so kind as to send him. he shall read it with pleasure in the leisure of Monticello, to which place he [is] now in the moment of departure. he prays mr Shattuck to accept the assurances of his respect.

PoC (MHi); right margin faint; dateline below body of letter; at foot of text: “Geo. C. Shattuck”; endorsed by TJ.

George Cheyne Shattuck (1783–1854) graduated from Dartmouth College in 1806 and studied medicine at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree from the latter in 1807. He practiced medicine in Boston, where in 1808 he published Three Dissertations on Boylston Prize Questions for the Years 1806 and 1807 (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 986), a copy of which he sent to TJ in October 1808. Shattuck established an endowed professorship at the Harvard Medical School and was president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, 1836–40 (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; Martin Kaufman and others, Dictionary of Medical Biography [1984], 2:675–6; Edward Jarvis, Memoir of the Life and Character of George Cheyne Shattuck, M.D. [1854]).

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