Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert M. Patterson to Thomas Jefferson, 23 January 1818

From Robert M. Patterson

Hall of the Am. Phil. Soc., Jan. 23d., ‘18.


I have the honor to inform you, that, at the annual election for officers of the American Philosophical Society, lately held, you were chosen a counsellor of that institution, by a unanimous vote. The Society hope, that, as this office does not involve such active duties as might be Supposed to require a personal attendance, you will not refuse them the honor of associating you, under this title, in their board of officers. The Society feel, moreover, that, by the fatal event which has just deprived them of their beloved president, and penetrated their hearts with the deepest affliction, your counsel and advice are rendered doubly important.

I am always happy, Sir, to take advantage of these official communications to assure you, personally, of my most Sincere veneration and attachment.
R. M. Patterson
Sec. A.P.S.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 7 Feb. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Thomas Leiper, 27 Mar. 1818, on verso; addressed: “To Thomas Jefferson, Monticello”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 24 Jan.

The American Philosophical Society held its annual election on 2 Jan. 1818 (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes [MS in PPAmP]). Its beloved president was the late Caspar Wistar.

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; and C. Wistar search
  • American Philosophical Society; and election of officers search
  • American Philosophical Society; R. M. Patterson as secretary of search
  • American Philosophical Society; TJ as counsellor of search
  • Patterson, Robert Maskell; as secretary of American Philosophical Society search
  • Patterson, Robert Maskell; letters from search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Wistar, Caspar; death of search