Thomas Jefferson Papers

Amos Hamlin to Thomas Jefferson, 12 January 1818

From Amos Hamlin

Durham Greene County
New York State
12 January 1818—

Venerable & respected Sir,

I have taken the liberty of sending to You, the result of some Meteorological observations which I have made, in hopes that they may divert some of Your leisure moments—They were undertaken with a View to Aid the Philosophic enquirer & to Subserve the interest of Science—

I have kept a Diary of the Weather and of the Diseases that have prevailed in this County for more than two Years past And should have sent You a Copy of them but have not time to transcribe the same—Sir if you or any of your philosophic friends have assertained the Temperature of the Air in Virginia for one or two Years past, I should esteem it a favor to be furnished with the result—Sir the Philanthropic character of the venerable person, to which these lines are addressed, will serve (I trust) as a sufficient apology for my boldness on this occasion—Sir with sentiments of the most profound respect I am Your devoted & humble servant—

Amos Hamlin

RC (DLC); dateline adjacent to signature; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr late President of the U.S. Monticello—Virginia”; franked; postmarked Washington, 25 Mar.; endorsed by TJ as received 28 Mar. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

Amos Hamlin (1766–1843), physician, was born in Sharon, Connecticut, and fought with the Massachusetts militia during the waning days of the American Revolution. Having moved in about 1800 to Durham, New York, he practiced medicine, was a surgeon in the state militia, 1808–14, and at various times held the offices of treasurer and secretary of the Greene County Agricultural Society. A member of the county’s medical society from 1808, Hamlin served as its president, 1823–25. Governor Daniel D. Tompkins, his friend and relation by marriage, described him as “a man of professional ability & experience and of good standing in society.” Hamlin ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 1824. He died in Durham (H. Franklin Andrews, The Hamlin Family: A Genealogy of James Hamlin of Barnstable Massachusetts [1902], 224–5; The Pension Roll of 1835 [1835; indexed ed., 1992], 2:410; DNA: RG 29, CS, N.Y., Greene Co., 1810, 1840; Hugh Hastings and Henry Harmon Noble, eds., Military Minutes of the Council of Appointment of the State of New York, 1783–1821 [1901–02], 2:1000, 1500; New-York Columbian, 7 June 1817; Albany Plough Boy, 11 Nov. 1820; Medical Society of the State of New York, Transactions [1879]: 74, 76–7; Hastings, ed., Public Papers of Daniel D. Tompkins [1898–1902], 2:610; Michael J. Dubin, United States Congressional Elections, 1788–1997 [1998], 82).

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