Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Tilghman, 8 April 1818

To William Tilghman

Monticello Apr. 8. 18.

I thank you, Sir, for the excellent Eulogium you have been so kind as to send me. the subject is mournful but the composition eloquent and true. the science, the morality, the benevolence and modesty of our deceased friend were worthy of all which could be said, and it has been said so as to do justice to that worth. the good he did in life will be continued after death, by the amiable example so handsomely held up to others to encourage them to go and do so likewise. I beg leave to be considered as participating with my brethren of the Philosophical society in the vote expressive of their thanks for this tribute to the memory of our worthy President, & to add the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MdHi: Tilghman Family Papers); addressed: “The honble William Tilghman Chief Justice of Pensylva Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Milton, 11 Apr.; endorsed by Tilghman, in part: “Has recd the Eulogium on Dr Wistar.” PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Wilson Cary Nicholas to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

Jesus uses the phrase go and do so likewise in the Bible (Luke 10.37).

their thanks: at a special meeting of the American Philosophical Society on 13 Mar. 1818, “It was unanimously Resolved, that the thanks of the Society be presented to Chief-Justice Tilghman, for his eloquent Eulogium on their lamented president Dr. Caspar Wistar, in which he has so faithfully expressed the feelings of the Society” (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes [MS in PPAmP]; resolution published in enclosure to Tilghman to TJ, 26 Mar. 1818).

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  • American Philosophical Society; and C. Wistar search
  • An Eulogium in commemoration of Doctor Caspar Wistar (W. Tilghman) search
  • Bible; Luke referenced by TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Tilghman, William; An Eulogium in commemoration of Doctor Caspar Wistar search
  • Tilghman, William; letter to search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Wistar, Caspar; eulogies for search
  • Wistar, Caspar; TJ on search