Thomas Jefferson Papers

Caspar Wistar to Thomas Jefferson, 5 February 1815

From Caspar Wistar

Sunday Feby 5. 1815

My Dear Sir

I believe that I have never been So much in arrears in my epistolary account with you & certainly I never felt more disposed to discharge my debts. In a few days I hope to Send you a short account of an ineffectual1 effort to improve our plan of Education, in which Dr Franklin took a part, & also an account of a Mammoths Head which was in existence three years ago, & probably now exists.

At present I detain Mr Gilmer while I tell you that we have been much pleased with him & feel Sincere Regret at his departure—He has fully Justified your account of him—

My determination to write again in three or four days allows me now to Conclude without saying more

than that I am most Sincerely

your highly obliged friend

C. Wistar

RC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Mar. 1815 from Philadelphia and so recorded in SJL.

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • education; C. Wistar on search
  • Franklin, Benjamin; and educational reform search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; visit to Philadelphia of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • mammoth; C. Wistar on search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and educational reform search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and mammoth bones search
  • Wistar, Caspar; letters from search
  • Wistar, Caspar; TJ’s introduction of F. W. Gilmer to search