Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Wardlaw, 22 October 1810

To William Wardlaw

Monticello Oct. 22. 10.

Dear Doctor,

I must ask the favor of you to send me 1. ℔ of Sal Ammoniac, which I cannot get here— it is for tinning our kitchen vessels— if put into a small box it will come safely by the stage to the care of mr Higginbotham. messrs Gibson & Jefferson will be so kind as to pay you for it on shewing them this letter.

affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Dr Wardlaw”; endorsed by TJ.

William Wardlaw (ca. 1766–1819) was a physician in Charlottesville who helped TJ give smallpox vaccinations in 1801. He moved thereafter to Richmond, where he became an apothecary and served on the Virginia Council of State, 1811–15 (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 , 29:401; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:930n; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers . . . Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 10:100; The Richmond Directory, Register and Almanac, for the Year 1819 [Richmond, 1819], 73; gravestone inscription, Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond; Richmond Commercial Compiler, 13 Oct. 1819).

Index Entries

  • ammonium chloride (sal ammoniac); for copper utensils search
  • copper utensils; tinning of search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and household articles acquired by TJ search
  • Higginbotham, David; merchant search
  • household articles; sal ammoniac search
  • medicine; smallpox vaccination search
  • sal amoniac (ammonium chloride); for copper utensils search
  • smallpox; vaccinations search
  • tinning; of copper utensils search
  • Wardlaw, William; and apothecary supplies search
  • Wardlaw, William; identified search
  • Wardlaw, William; letters to search