Thomas Jefferson Papers

Julian Ursin Niemcewicz to Thomas Jefferson, 4 September 1810

From Julian Ursin Niemcewicz

4 7bre 1810. Warsaw.


Being constantly mindful of my Citizen Ship of the United States of America, grateful for the Attentions which I have received in that Country, from You Sir & my other friends, desireous of conveing on our Society the honor of reckning You in its Number I took the Liberty to propose You for a Member of the Royal Society, of the friends of Sciences in Warsaw, & have the pleasure to anounce to You, that You have been unanimously elected. I inclose here Your Diplomma, begging you would accept it, as a tocken of the high regard which our nation entertains for Your Merit virtu and Knowledge.

I have the honor to be with great respect

Dear Sir Your most obedient Servant.

Julian Ursin Niemcewicz

RC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 7 July 1811 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: TJ’s membership diploma in the Royal Society of the Friends of Science in Warsaw, 25 June 1810 (printed form in MHi, with date and TJ’s name filled in by hand; in Polish and Latin; signed by Stanislaw Staszic as president and countersigned by Ludwik Osinski).

Julian Ursin Niemcewicz (1758–1841), statesman and author, devoted much of his adult life to the cause of Polish independence. In 1788 he became an advocate of reform in the Polish Constitutional Diet, and in 1794 he served as aide-de-camp to Tadeusz Kosciuszko in a failed independence movement. In 1797 he traveled with Kosciuszko to the United States, where he remained after the general’s abrupt departure one year later. Niemcewicz was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1798. He was in Poland, 1802–04, and returned to Europe permanently in 1807, where he served for a time as secretary of the Senate of the Grand Duchy of Warsaw (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 32 vols. description ends , 30:369–72; Niemcewicz, Under Their Vine and Fig Tree: Travels through America in 1797–1799, 1805 with some further account of life in New Jersey, trans. and ed. Metchie J. E. Budka [1965], esp. xix–lvii; APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes, 20 Apr. 1798 [MS in PPAmP]).

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  • American Philosophical Society; members of, foreign search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; mentioned search
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  • Osinski, Ludwik search
  • Poland; scientific society in search
  • Royal Society of the Friends of Science (Warsaw); TJ elected to search
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  • Staszic, Stanislaw search