Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to George Williamson, 11 July 1819

To George Williamson

Monticello July 11. 19.

I thank you, Sir, for the volume on the Principles of health which you have been so kind as to send me, and which I shall certainly read with pleasure. but, besides that I am not a competent judge of the merit of works in that line of science it is proper for me to observe that in no line whatever do I presume to give opinions of this kind for the public. my opinions, given without intention or suspicion have been sometimes handed to the public, but always without my consent, except in one or two special cases. I hope therefore you will be so kind as to accept of this my apology and reason why, after I shall have read the book, I shall not arrogate to myself the office of saying to the public whether they should read it or not. your merit will still be the same of having procured for them a work of the value of which you are so much more competent to judge [than I.?] I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF-BA); on verso of reused address cover of Robert Mills to TJ, 20 Mar. 1819; faint; at foot of text (ink stained): “[Do]ctr W[i]lliamson”; endorsed by TJ.

A letter from Williamson to TJ, 8 Aug. 1819, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 16 Aug. 1819 from Baltimore.

Index Entries

  • books; on hygiene search
  • hygiene; works on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; receives works search
  • The Principles of Health, [Elements of Hygiene] (É. Tourtelle; trans. G. Williamson) search
  • Tourtelle, Étienne; The Principles of Health, [Elements of Hygiene] (trans. G. Williamson) search
  • Williamson, George; letter from accounted for search
  • Williamson, George; letter to search
  • Williamson, George; translatesThe Principles of Health, [Elements of Hygiene] (É. Tourtelle) search