Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Vaughan, 18 February 1818

To John Vaughan

Monticello Feb. 18. 18.

Dear Sir

I have to acknolege the receipt of your favors of Jan. 22. & Feb. 12. with expressions of my deep felt grief at the deplorable loss of Dr Wistar. altho Philadelphia possesses a large stock of worth and science, yet such a loss would make a sensible void in any city whatever. the continuation of his weekly assemblages of the science of the place is well worthy of your attention. after a diligent1 perusal of the queries stated in your letter I find myself unable to furnish any information on a single one of them which cannot be better done in Philadelphia.

I have not a single copy left of the Report on the fisheries, or I would gladly have sent you one.   I shall ere long renew to you my annual trouble of a remittance to Paris for books and wines, our Richmond not furnishing the means of doing it with satisfactory certainty. Accept the assurance of my continued friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “John Vaughan esq.”; endorsed by Vaughan: “1818 Jefferson on Death of Wistar.” PoC (CSmH: JF); on verso of reused address cover of de Bure Frères to TJ, 23 Oct. 1817; ink stained and mutilated at seal, with four words rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “dilignt.”

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; and Saturday evening meetings search
  • An Eulogium in commemoration of Doctor Caspar Wistar (W. Tilghman) search
  • fish; TJ’s report on search
  • Fisheries, TJ’s Report on the search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; lines of credit in Europe search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Report on the Fisheries 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; and TJ’s lines of credit in Europe search
  • Vaughan, John; letters to search
  • wine; sent to TJ search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Wistar, Caspar; eulogies for search
  • Wistar, Caspar; TJ on search