Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 24 May 1819

From John Vaughan

Philad.—May 24th 1819

Dr sir

When I gave my signature to Ware the Carpenter—I acted from experience & from enquiry—I knew he had been unfortunate; but I had heard nothing against1 his Character—whilst absent & after his return reports were current of an unfavorable nature & I felt it my Duty to investigate them—It resulted in my requiring him to obtain a Certificate from his Assignees, which he Should exhibit to you—I saw two [of]2 the assignees & the agent of the third (who could not act)—They all bore testimony in his favor—He offerd to relinquish the contract if I was not satisfied by the Investigation.

By desire of my Brother I call’d on D Physic to obtain an order for a fresh Supply of Ointmt for your Complaint—he has promised it—but expressed a wish to know the effect of the first quantity sent, as he might be induced to vary it—he used it in various cases with success, but he gives it as his opinion, that it is better to mitigate than to attempt the full eradication—as the total suppression on the exterior might throw it where it would be more essentially injurious.3 perhaps Sir You wou’d drop a line to D Physic or to myself & I will see him—I trust your health is better.

Dr Cooper gave in charge to me to procure six4 Stoves—called Rittenhouse—

3, of 26 Inch in the Back

the persons who cast them advise waiting for the new Castings to be here in two or three weeks, they seem however to have Doubts about the kind—Those I understand them to be are formed So that the air of the room passes freely round the Back & the Stove advances a little into the Room—These have Superseded the Franklin Double backed Stove—

D sir   I remain Yours &c

Jn Vaughan

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 30 May 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Edward Ingersoll, 23 Mar. 1820, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 24 May.

d physic: Dr. Philip Syng Physick.

1Manuscript: “aganist.”

2Omitted word editorially supplied.

3Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

4Thus in manuscript, with “five” presumably intended.

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  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and stoves for University of Virginia search
  • Franklin, Benjamin; inventions of search
  • health; staphylococcus infection search
  • household articles; stoves search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; staphylococcus infection search
  • medicine; ointments search
  • Physick, Philip Syng; and medical treatment for TJ search
  • Rittenhouse, David; stove of search
  • staphylococcus; TJ infected with search
  • stoves; for University of Virginia search
  • stoves; Rittenhouse search
  • Vaughan, Benjamin; and P. S. Physick’s treatment for TJ search
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