Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 12 September 1818

To Thomas Cooper

Monticello Sep. 12. 18.

Dear Sir

Your letters of Aug. 26. Sep. 1. 2. 3. were recieved yesterday evening. I returned from the warm springs a few days [ago],1 in prostrated health, from the use of the waters. their effect, and the journey back reduced me to the last stage of exhaustion; but I am recovering. we shall all be happy to recieve here mrs Cooper, yourself & M. Correa, and expect that according to former request you will land here and make Monticello your head quarters. mrs Cooper will find my daughter & granddaughters anxious to make her easy & happy here; and the steady progress of my convalescenc[e] ensures my being well by the time of your arrival. I have spoke to the Presiden[t] on the subject of mr Say & Nuttal; he will do every thing he can lawfully do[.] on the subject of the Medical school, you will know, when you come, what the Commrs at Rockfish gap have proposed. I cannot yet set erect to write and writing with pain I must do it with brevity. in hopes of seeing yourself and party about the time proposed, I salute you with constant frdship & respect.

T[h]: [Jeffer]son

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; edge trimmed; signature faint; at foot of text: “Doctr Cooper”; endorsed by TJ.

1Omitted word editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; and natural history exploration search
  • Cooper, Elizabeth Pratt Hemming (Thomas Cooper’s wife); proposed visit of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; letters to search
  • Cooper, Thomas; on medical education search
  • Cooper, Thomas; proposed visit of search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; staphylococcus infection search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Warm Springs search
  • medicine; education in search
  • Monroe, James; presidency of search
  • natural history; observations on search
  • Nuttall, Thomas; as scientist search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); as hostess at Monticello search
  • Say, Thomas; as scientist search
  • staphylococcus; TJ infected with search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ meeting at Rockfish Gap search
  • Virginia; medical education in search
  • Warm Springs (Bath Co.); TJ visits search