Thomas Jefferson Papers

Frank Carr to Thomas Jefferson, 31 July 1814

From Frank Carr

July 31st 1814

My dear Sir,

I am called on as surgeon to this regiment, to attend the late requisition of militia from this brigade, to the lower country. The detatchment left Charlottesville today; and I shall follow them as soon as I can make the necessary arrangements. This will put it out of my power to attend your boy, & will compell me, very reluctantly, to request those of my friends who have thought me worthy of their confidence, to make a temporary transfer of it to some other person. The distance of Dr John Gilmer from Monticello1 would probably render an application to him too inconvenient: of those physicians more convenient who reside in Charlottesville, permit me to recommend Dr Ragland to you—

Very respectfully yrs &c

Frank Carr

RC (DLC); addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 July 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

John C. Ragland (ca. 1787–1823), physician, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1808 and received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1813. Ragland frequently provided medical services at Monticello between 1817 and his death (William and Mary Provisional List description begins A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. From 1693 to 1888, 1941 description ends , 33; Eclectic Repertory and Analytical Review 3 [1813]: 540; 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 ; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 243; James Monroe to Charles Everette, 5 Jan. 1824, printed in Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine 5 [1923]: 22; Richmond Enquirer, 6 Jan. 1824).

An undated letter from Ragland to TJ, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 22 July 1817.

1Word interlined in place of “this place.”

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  • Carr, Frank; as physician search
  • Carr, Frank; letters from search
  • Carr, Frank; militia service of search
  • Carr, Frank; recommends J. C. Ragland search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; doctors in search
  • Gilmer, John (1782–1834); physician search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Ragland, John C.; identified search
  • Ragland, John C.; letters from accounted for search
  • Ragland, John C.; recommended by F. Carr search