Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Robert Patterson, 18 October 1818

To Robert Patterson

Monticello Oct. 18. 18.

Dear Sir

I have long had a disabled telescope which cannot be repaired nearer than Philadelphia, and I have never till now had an opportunity of forwarding it safely to that place; nor do I know who is the best hand there at repairing. the bearer mr Trist, on his way to Westpoint, and going in the stage, is so kind as to take charge of it and to deliver it to you; and the favor I must ask of you is to put it into the hands of the best workman with instruction as soon as repaired to let me know by mail the cost. I will then remit it to him and advise him how to forward the instrument to me. indeed if, with the instrument, you will be so good as to put this letter into his hand, it will be his [suffi]cient instruction and save you all further trouble; for w[hi]ch [I mu]st find my apology in your friendship and my necessity. [I salute y]ou with constant and affectionate respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; mutilated at seal, with losses supplied from Dupl; at foot of text: “Doctr Robert Patterson”; endorsed by TJ. Dupl (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); on verso of RC of TJ to Patterson, 2 Feb. 1819; at head of text: “<Duplic> Copy”; at foot of text: “turn over.”

Index Entries

  • Patterson, Robert; and telescope search
  • Patterson, Robert; letters to search
  • scientific instruments; telescopes search
  • telescopes; repaired search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; and telescope search