Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 2 September 1818

From Thomas Cooper

Philada Sep. 2. 1818

Dear sir

Wd it not be well to get some thing like the inclosed inserted in the papers of Virginia, Kentucky, & Carolina, with a set of queries wher this is not the time to ascertain if students cannot be taught medecine in Virginia by Virginians, as well as in Philaa by Virginians? Wher the morals as well as the studies, and the expences also, of the sons of virginia planters, could not be as well superintended in Virginia as in Philadelphia? Wher any of the teachers here, are known out of the State of Pennsa except Mr Hare, who is by no means advantageously known in Virginia. These and several other topics that will readily occur to you, may be worked to advantage at the present moment: & therefore I send you the inclosed. The Students here are exasperated at this election.—

So soon as I see M. Correa, I will settle with him when to visit your neighbourhood: in mean time, I am with much respect

Dear Sir Your obliged friend

Thomas Cooper

I send papers by this post. I have inclosed a letter to Mr Wood of Petersburgh.

RC (MHi); postscript added in a different ink; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Sept. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Wood (of New York), 9 Dec. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 2 Sept. Enclosures not found.

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  • Cooper, Thomas; letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas; on medical education search
  • Cooper, Thomas; proposed visit of search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • education; in Va. search
  • medicine; education in search
  • Pennsylvania, University of search
  • schools and colleges; University of Pennsylvania search
  • Virginia; medical education in search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); on T. Cooper search