From Alexander H. Stevens
Washington 10 August 1813.
I have the honor here with to forward you Two or three publications which I brought with me from Paris. They were placed in my hands by Mr Warden in Jany last Since which time I have been making the best of my way to this Capital. Hoping they may safely reach Monticello & find you in health & happiness I am with the greatest respect Your very obedient &
Alexr H. Stevens
RC (MHi); dateline beneath signature; at foot of text: “To, Thos. Jefferson Esq”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Aug. 1813 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Code d’Instruction criminelle. Édition originale et seule officielle, 2 vols. (Paris, 1810; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 2219). (2) Code de Commerce, collationné sur les Registres du Conseil d’État, par M. Raynal, Chef du Bureau des Procès-Verbaux (Paris, 1807; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 2220).
Alexander Hodgdon Stevens (1789–1869), physician, was a native of New York City who received a B.A. from Yale College in 1807 and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1811. After a visit to Europe, during which he honed his medical skills in England and France and was detained by British warships both going and coming, he returned to the United States. Stevens had a long association with the New York Hospital, and he was professor of surgery at Queen’s College (later Rutgers University), 1815–26. He held similar faculty positions at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (later merged with Columbia University), 1826–44; served as one of its trustees, 1820–26 and 1843–55; and was its president, 1843–55. Stevens eventually developed an interest in agriculture, and he was the second president of the American Medical Association, 1848–49 (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; Samuel W. Francis, Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Living New York Surgeons , 133–8; Hartford Connecticut Courant, 23 Sept. 1807; Milton Halsey Thomas, Columbia University Officers and Alumni 1754–1857 , 227–8; New York Times, 2 Apr. 1869).
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