Thomas Jefferson Papers

John L. E. W. Shecut to Thomas Jefferson, 11 December 1817

From John L. E. W. Shecut

Charleston So Carolina Decr 11. 1817.

Esteemed Sir/.

I cannot deny myself the pleasure of renewing to you the assurances of the high sense I entertain of your exalted character, your unbounded esteem for the Arts and Sciences and your Fostering regard for the Infant Literature of our happy Country. It has impell’d me to seek you in retirement, to lay before you an Essay on the late awful disease with which our City has been visited. Feeble as have been my endeavours to trace the Causes to their Source; I am satisfied the attempt will be duly appreciated by you, under this conviction, and with an earnest desire to present you my best respects I have done myself the honour of enclosing for your acceptance one of my Essays; and along with it; be pleased to receive the esteem and affection of a Heart, warm in its admiration of your talents and your Virtues. That you may be long preserved the Honour and the Ornament of our beloved Country is the ardent wish of.—My Dear Sir

Yours, in sincerity

J L E W Shecut

RC (DLC); at head of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 Dec. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Shecut, An Essay on the Prevailing, or Yellow-Fever, of 1817; together with Preliminary Observations, and an enquiry into the causes which produced it; also, a brief view of the effect of certain poisons on the animal economy, compared with those of the specific gaseous poison of the yellow-fever (Charleston, 1817; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 199]).

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Shecut, John Linnaeus Edward Whitridge; An Essay on the Prevailing, or Yellow-Fever, of 1817 search
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