Thomas Jefferson Papers

Samuel L. Mitchill to Thomas Jefferson, 4 May 1819

From Samuel L. Mitchill

New york May 4. 1819


Jonas Horwitz M, D, is well understood here to be a proficient in the hebrew language. Some of our most distinguished clergymen in New york, have received lessons from him. And, it is understood, that he possesses rare attainments in this department of knowlege.

He wishes the Situation of professor of oriental literature in the College recently founded at Charlottesville. I have been requested to write him an introductory note. In doing so; I feel myself warranted by the opinion I have formed of his high qualifications.

while I express my sentiments in his favour as a candidate, I beg you to accept the assurance of my great respect

Saml L Mitchill

RC (DLC); addressed: “The honble Thomas Jefferson (to recommend J. Horwitz MD)”; mistakenly endorsed by TJ as a letter of 14 May 1819 received 11 Sept. 1821 and so recorded (with additional notation: “by Dr Horwitz”) in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Hebrew language; study of search
  • Horwitz, Jonas; recommended to TJ search
  • Horwitz, Jonas; seeks position at University of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • language; Hebrew search
  • Mitchill, Samuel Latham; letters from search
  • Mitchill, Samuel Latham; recommends J. Horwitz search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; faculty applicants search