Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 26 September 1818

From John Vaughan

Philad. 26 Sep. 1818

D sir

I have received a letter from Mr Stephen Catalan 16 June advising reciept of 2205 fr dft of Girard on Paris he will write to you soon but requests that I will inform you that he has recd the Bill—

I do not know whether M Correa has yet reached you—I enclose a letter for him—

We are completely at a Stand in the business of the Astronomical Commee for Want of the Instruments or rather for want of knowing that we can have them they being actually here—We are not quite certain who to adress—Mr Crawford has been written to, in whose department the business heretofore rested, but no reply has been recd by the Commee, we should wish to know with Certainty, whether any other Departmt has the objects in charge—We dare not go to any expence, till this is ascertaind & we fear losing the privilege of the Building if we do not soon act—The warm interest you have ever Shewn to our society—emboldens me to hope that You may be able to serve us—by putting society in the right road, & giving your countenance to their requests

I remain Yours most sincerly

Jn Vaughan

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Oct. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

Stephen Cathalan’s letter to Vaughan of 16 june was more likely dated 16 July 1818 (Cathalan to TJ, 13 Aug. 1818). our society: the American Philosophical Society.

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; astronomical committee of search
  • astronomy; American Philosophical Society committee of search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); account with TJ search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; correspondence for search
  • Crawford, William Harris; as secretary of the treasury search
  • Girard, Stephen; and TJ’s lines of credit search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with S. Cathalan search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; lines of credit in Europe search
  • Vaughan, John; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Vaughan, John; and TJ’s lines of credit in Europe search
  • Vaughan, John; letters from search
  • Vaughan, John; sends correspondence for J. Corrêa da Serra search