Thomas Jefferson Papers

Julius T. Ducatel to Thomas Jefferson, 3 August 1818

From Julius T. Ducatel

Baltimore Augt 3d 1818—


My friend Dr G. Troost has recommended to my care a small box addressed to you, containing I believe a work of Mr Faujas. Not knowing exactly how to have it forwarded, I thought that confiding it to the politeness of Capn Fergusson of the Norfolk packet who in his turn is to recommend it to the care of one of his friends in Norfolk, would be the most probable mean of having it arrive at its destination.1 I have this day Sent it to him & hope it will safely come to hand—

By Post I enclose you several letters from Paris & one from Dr G. Troost, & take this opportunity of offering my Services to you as I am about visiting Europe towards the end of the present month. If you be willing, Sir; to honour me with your confidence & to accept of my offers you may depend upon my exactitude in delivering into proper hands any thing you may confide to my care—

I have the honour of Subscribing myself gratefully obliged to you for your devotion to the interests of these States of which I have the advantage of being a Citizen   Your Obt Sevt

Julius T. Ducatel

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Sept. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: Gerard Troost to TJ, 21 July 1818, and enclosures.

Julius Timoleon Ducatel (1796–1849), scientist and educator, was born in Baltimore and studied at Saint Mary’s College (later Saint Mary’s Seminary and University) in that city before continuing his education in Paris, 1818–22. On his return to the United States he taught successively at the Mechanics’ Institute of Baltimore, the University of Maryland, and Saint John’s College in Annapolis. He provided instruction in chemistry, pharmacy, and geology. In 1832 the Maryland legislature appointed Ducatel to complete geological surveys for a new map of the state. He continued this work until funding ceased in 1841. Ducatel undertook a geological expedition to the upper Mississippi in 1843 and another to the Lake Superior region three years later. Elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1832, his most notable published work was a Manual of Practical Toxicology (1833). Ducatel died in Baltimore (Eugene Fauntleroy Cordell, The Medical Annals of Maryland, 1799–1899 [1903], 383; Memorial Volume of the Centenary of St. Mary’s Seminary of St. Sulpice [1891], 81, 84; APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes, 20 Jan. 1832 [MS in PPAmP]; American Journal of Science and Arts, 2d ser., 8 [1849]: 146–9).

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

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