Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Hugh Steel, 28 May 1818

To Hugh Steel

Monticello May 28. 18.


Your favor of Apr. 12. came to hand on the 23d instant. withdrawn by the effect of age, from the labors of correspondence to which that has rendered me unequal, I am able only to forward your letter and communication to a member of the American Philosophical society at Philadelphia. it is long since I resigned the office of their President, and Dr Wistar, who succeeded me is lately dead, and no successor yet appointed. I pray you to accept the assurance of my respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); on verso of reused address cover of Alden Partridge to TJ, 24 Mar. 1817; at foot of text: “Doctr Hugh Steel. Bellville”; endorsed by TJ.

On 1 Jan. 1819 the American Philosophical Society elected Robert Patterson to be Caspar Wistar’s successor as president (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes [MS in PPAmP]).

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; and C. Wistar search
  • American Philosophical Society; R. Patterson as president of search
  • American Philosophical Society; TJ forwards material to search
  • American Philosophical Society; TJ resigns from presidency of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Patterson, Robert; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Steel, Hugh; letter to search
  • Steel, Hugh; on western country search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and American Philosophical Society search