Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 14 May 1818

From John Vaughan

Philad. May 14. 1818

D sir

Not being able to negociate the Dft I prevailed upon one of the Banks here to take it on Deposit & purchased of Mr Stephen Girard the following Dfts on James Laffite & Co Paris to my order dated 12 May at 60 Days St the fourths of which I now enclose to you having Sent on the firsts to new York to be forwarded & the seconds will go by next opportunity viz

No 382 for 2415 Fs a  525 460 $ Endorsd to Thoms Appleton
381 for 2205 420 Endd to Stephen Cathalan
380. for  630 120 End to DeBure freres
$ 1000

I shall advise the opportunities as soon as ascertaind

I remain with respect Your friend &c

Jn Vaughan

M Correa is here just arrived & much recovered from his late indisposition,


M Cooper highly appreciates the kind interest you have taken in his favor, but from the exertions made for him by his friends he concieves himself bound to await the start of the trial here

Dr Dorsey is chosen to the Anatomical Chair—The Nominations to the Vacancy created of the Materia Medica are to be made the first Tuesday in June The Election to be by special meeting a few days after—There is full expectation that D Coxe will fill that Chair

On first Tuesday in June the Nominations will take place for the Chemical Chair & the Election a few days after. This is understood to be the tontine—The Moment the decision is made, if Mr C & his friends are disappointed—he Devotes himself to your Institution & that Devotion will I concieve carry great weight his knowledge is so various & so great on the points he may be wanted to teach, he inspires his pupils with so warm an attachment to the science they pursue, & put them in the way so completely of pursuing it by themselves—That he will be eminently Useful in founding of a New Establishment—

He regrets that he was not able to be with You on 11 May but he had been obliged to give a Course of Mineralogy (twice a Day) & could not with honor desert it—he has been indisposed for two or three weeks but is now better

RC (MHi); on one sheet folded to form four pages, with letter on p. 1, address on p. 2, and postscript on pp. 3–4; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 14 May; endorsed by TJ as received 23 May 1818 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

mr c: Thomas Cooper.

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; account with TJ search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); account with TJ search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Cooper, Thomas; academic career of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and Central College search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and mineralogy search
  • Cooper, Thomas; health of search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; health of search
  • Coxe, John Redman; as university professor search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ’s account with search
  • Dorsey, John Syng; as university professor search
  • Girard, Stephen; and TJ’s lines of credit search
  • Jacques Laffitte & Compagnie (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; lines of credit in Europe search
  • mineralogy; and T. Cooper search
  • Pennsylvania, University of search
  • schools and colleges; University of Pennsylvania search
  • Vaughan, John; and TJ’s lines of credit in Europe search
  • Vaughan, John; as Philadelphia contact search
  • Vaughan, John; letters from search