Thomas Jefferson Papers

Archibald Stuart to Thomas Jefferson, 9 December 1819

From Archibald Stuart

Staunton 9th Decr 1819—

Dear Sir

The bearer1 hereof is Mr Fuller professor of Mathematics in the Staunton Academy: he has been exercising himself some time in calculations with a view of Simplifying the mode of ascertaining the longitude of places which he is desirous of submiting to your inspection—

I do not consider myself Competent to decide on its merits and have advised him not to venture on its publication without your approbation—

I have learned with great pleasure from Mr Crawford who attended your last Court That your health is improving & hope to hear on Mr Fullers return that it is entirely restored—

permit me to suggest the propriety of your wearing Flanel This Winter—It may be troublesome a few days but will soon become agreeable & I feel confident will be attended with the best consequences—Fine red flanel is the most suitable for the purpose as it will not Thicken by use—

I hope the English Govt who have been so busy in medling with the affairs of other Nations will shortly be fully employed at home—

That you may long enjoy health & happiness is the devout wish of

your Affectionate Friend

ArchD Stuart

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Dec. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to John M. Mason, 16 Feb. 1822, on verso; addressed: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello Favd by Mr Fuller.”

1Manuscript: “beare.”

Index Entries

  • astronomy; and B. Fuller’s calculations of longitude search
  • clothing; flannel search
  • Crawford, Mr.; attends Albemarle Co. Court search
  • Fuller, Bartholomew; as educator search
  • Fuller, Bartholomew; longitude observations of search
  • Great Britain; political unrest in search
  • longitude; B. Fuller’s method for calculation of search
  • medicine; flannel search
  • Staunton, Va.; schools in search
  • Stuart, Archibald; and TJ’s health search
  • Stuart, Archibald; introduces B. Fuller search
  • Stuart, Archibald; letters from search
  • textiles; flannel search