Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Hosack, 19 January 1817

To David Hosack

Monticello Jan. 19. 17.

I thank you, Sir, for the books you have been so kind as to send me. they will afford me amusement as well as instruction. from a general view I have taken of Thomas’s work, it appears, with your aid, to be valuable for family use. without science in Medecine, I am yet fond of it’s philosophical speculations. with these I observe your Medical Register1 mingles disquisitions in all it’s kindred branches of knolege. I am the more gratified in executing the duty of rendering you my thanks by the occasion it affords me of expressing my sense of your eminence in useful science and of assuring you of my high respect and consideration.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PBm); fragment consisting of lower half of a single sheet, with missing text supplied from PoC; at foot of text: “Dr Hosack.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Prout to TJ, 17 Nov. 1816; endorsed by TJ.

Hosack supplied an appendix to Robert thomas’s work, The Modern Practice of Physic, exhibiting the Characters, Causes, Symptoms, Prognostics, Morbid Appearances, and Improved Method of Treating the Diseases of all Climates (4th American ed. from 5th London ed.; New York, 1817; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 184]; TJ’s copy in ViU, inscribed “Thomas Jefferson Esqr with the respects of the Editor D Hosack New york Decr 1816”). Hosack’s medical journal was the American Medical and Philosophical Register: or, Annals of Medicine, Natural History, Agriculture, and the Arts, 4 vols. (1811–14; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 190]).

1Recoverable text in RC begins with this word.

Index Entries

  • American Medical and Philosophical Register: or, Annals of Medicine, Natural History, Agriculture, and the Arts search
  • books; on medicine search
  • Hosack, David; American Medical and Philosophical Register: or, Annals of Medicine, Natural History, Agriculture, and the Arts search
  • Hosack, David; letters to search
  • Hosack, David; sends books to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • medicine; books on search
  • The Modern Practice of Physic (R. Thomas) search
  • Thomas, Robert; The Modern Practice of Physic search