Thomas Jefferson Papers

American Philosophical Society to Thomas Jefferson, 20 January 1815

From the American Philosophical Society

Hall of the Am. Ph. Soc., January 20., 1815.


The American Philosophical Society, after having, at Several periods, withstood your Solicitations to be withdrawn from their presidency, have at length, with great reluctance, felt themselves obliged to yield to the decided resignation expressed1 in your letter of the 23d. of november last, and have, accordingly, elected doctor Caspar2 Wistar to that office.

The important connection which has Subsisted, between yourself and the Society, for eighteen years, being thus dissolved, the Society avail themselves of the opportunity of expressing3 to you their warmest thanks for the very valuable Services which you have rendered them, and of Soliciting the continuance of the friendly attentions which you have always shown to their interests.

The Society add the expressions of their attachment and respect, and their Sincerest wishes for your happiness.

Communicated, by order of the Society.

R. M. Patterson.

RC (MHi); in Robert M. Patterson’s hand; at head of text: “To Thomas Jefferson”; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Patterson at the “Philos. Socty” received 1 Feb. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. FC (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes, 20 Jan. 1815 [MS in PPAmP]); in Patterson’s hand. Enclosed in Patterson to TJ, 21 Jan. 1815.

1RC: “expessed.” FC: “expressed.”

2RC: “Casper.” FC: “Caspar.”

3RC: “of expressing of expressing.” FC: “of expressing.”

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; and C. Wistar search
  • American Philosophical Society; expresses its thanks to and regard for TJ search
  • American Philosophical Society; letter from search
  • American Philosophical Society; R. M. Patterson as secretary of search
  • American Philosophical Society; TJ resigns from presidency of search
  • Patterson, Robert Maskell; as secretary of American Philosophical Society search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and American Philosophical Society search