Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 12 February 1818

From John Vaughan

Philad. Feby 12–1818

D sir

I take the liberty of enclosing a list of queries which Judge Tilghman has handed to me—Many of these are local—but if to any of them you can give a reply which may assist him in the Task he has undertaken & enable him to do the Justice he wishes to our Deceased friend (whose loss we every day feel more & more) it is very desireable—whatever you can do & do speedily will be most thankfully recieved by him & felt by his worthy family who selected Mr Tilghman as the person of their Wish to pronounce the Eulogy—I am engaged in procuring the local information—It is proposed to deliver it in the first days of March that the Students may have the advantage of hearing it—

We Shall try to keep up the Saturday Evening Meetings—We propose the plan to Mr Tilghman,1 Rawle, N. Biddle DuPonceau, R M Patterson, Collins, & myself,—& to endeavor to see Strangers of merit passing through—We shall want the atractive Magnet, but we shall derive pleasure from the attempt & the recollection of the friend who established them & gave them such interest—I remain with great respect

Your ob servt & friend

Jn Vaughan

The River being closed your letter for Cathalan is Sent to N York2

Have you a spare Copy of the Report on fisheries whilst you was Sec. State—I want it for M Dela Moriniere who is Superintendant of the French Fisheries, & is publishing a Very learned & interesting Work on this subject—If you have I think I can make a good use of it for the Society

RC (MHi); on one sheet folded to form four pages, with enclosure on p. 3 and p. 4 blank; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Feb. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Smith (of Baltimore), 3 Apr. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson late President of US Monticello Va”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 12 Feb.

our deceased friend: Caspar Wistar. TJ’s report on fisheries was dated 1 Feb. 1791 (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 41 vols. description ends , 19:206–36). m dela moriniere: Simon Barthélemy Joseph Noël de la Morinière. the society was the American Philosophical Society.

1Succeeding two words interlined, with caret mistakenly inserted before the preceding comma.

2Recto ends here.

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; and Saturday evening meetings search
  • An Eulogium in commemoration of Doctor Caspar Wistar (W. Tilghman) search
  • Biddle, Nicholas; and American Philosophical Society search
  • books; on fish search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); J. Vaughan forwards letter to search
  • Collins, Zaccheus; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Delaware River; ice in search
  • Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen; and American Philosophical Society search
  • fish; TJ’s report on search
  • fish; works on search
  • Fisheries, TJ’s Report on the search
  • Histoire Naturelle Économique et Politique des Poissons Utiles (Noël de la Morinière) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Public Service; as secretary of state search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Report on the Fisheries search
  • Noël de la Morinière, Simon Barthélemy Joseph; Histoire Naturelle Économique et Politique des Poissons Utiles search
  • Patterson, Robert Maskell; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Pennsylvania, University of search
  • Rawle, William search
  • schools and colleges; University of Pennsylvania search
  • Tilghman, William; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Tilghman, William; An Eulogium in commemoration of Doctor Caspar Wistar search
  • Vaughan, John; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Vaughan, John; and C. Wistar search
  • Vaughan, John; letters from search
  • Vaughan, John; TJ sends letters through search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • weather; ice search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Wistar, Caspar; eulogies for search
  • Wistar, Caspar; family of search