Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Vaughan, 6 October 1818

To John Vaughan

Monticello Oct. 6. 18.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night your favor of Sep. 26. with the inclosed for mr Correa. he & Dr Cooper had left us in the morning, & going direct to Philadelphia, I cannot dispose of it better than by returning it to you. I recd also last night a letter from mr Cathalan, acknoleging the remittance of 2205.ƒ = 420.D. the latter part of your letter will need further explanation, I mean that which speaks of the instruments wanted by the Astronomical committee the application to mr Crawford, the danger of losing the privilege of the building Etc. I do not know what this relates to. probably it may have been stated in some previous letter which has not come to hand. if it is any thing in which I can be useful, I shall apply to it with zeal, on recieving the necessary explanations. I salute you with affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); addressed: “John Vaughan esquire Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 8 Oct.; endorsed in an unidentified hand as received 11 Oct., with additional notation in another unidentified hand: “Letter for Mr. Correa Amn Philos. Society.” PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

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
  • Cooper, Thomas; visits Monticello search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; correspondence for search
  • Crawford, William Harris; as secretary of the treasury search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Cooper, Thomas search
  • Vaughan, John; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Vaughan, John; letters to search
  • Vaughan, John; makes payments for TJ search
  • Vaughan, John; sends correspondence for J. Corrêa da Serra search