Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 3 March 1820

From John Vaughan

Philad. 3 March 1820

D sir

I am your Debtor on the Score of Correspondence & hope you will accept my apology—

The Vanilla I could not procure

Your letter for M Dodge was forwarded & I have his reply—Your wines he Sent to adress of our Collector who enterd & will forward same—I offerd to pay expences which he declin’d recieving without an order to that purpose from you—They have only recievd a few Days on acct of the Ice which Delayed the Vessel in the River.

Your letter to Mess DeBure was forwarded via New York—

The 400$ has been recieved & had I been at liberty to purchase such Bills as I deem good I could have purchased 550100 frs for a Dollar—But guided by your former Instructions I purchase S Girards Bill on James Lafitte & Co Paris at 60 Ds St to order of Thomas Appleton for 213590100 Francs @ 530100 equal to 403$ which I have forwarded to him under Cover to Bernard Henry Gibraltar—. By the Newburn Capt Cushing Via Madeira & Duplicate by the Pleiades Capt West direct to Gibraltar under care of a friend—The 3d I shall Send Via N York & the 4th I enclose.1 By the Pleiades I sent your letter for Mr Appleton

I now have the pleasure of Sending your accot Current. Ballance in your favor 1047100 Ds.

By this opportunity I Send three Copies of Judge Tilghmans Oration before the Agricultural Socy

I also enclose an order of Thomas Cooper for 750$ being an anticipation of Salary agreed to in consequence of the Delay in opening the College.2 To enable him to go to Carolina & to Support his family I have been obliged to advance a very Considerable part of this sum; he was deprived of the means of giving lectures, in consequence of his expected departure for Virginia—The Vacancy in So Ca at Columbia, which, his friends (myself amongst the Number) were fortunate enough to secure for him for the limited term (at his Desire) of One Year will be a relief to his family—They have not gone with him & propose I believe removing to Virginia in the spring or early summer—

Oblige me by advising me when any thing may be expected from this order & how soon the Whole—as the calls on me for Mr Cooper will be continued.—

I learn with unfeignd pleasure that your health has improved. You will I trust Continue your caution—to [. . .] a return—As we grow older we must take less Liberties with ourselves—

I remain Yours sincerly

Jn Vaughan

RC (MHi); torn at seal; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 3 Mar.; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Mar. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: three copies of William Tilghman, An Address delivered before the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture; at its anniversary meeting, January 18, 1820 (Philadelphia, 1820), listing Vaughan as a member of the society’s committee of correspondence, positing that societies for promoting agriculture are the most useful of organizations (p. 5), criticizing inhabitants of Philadelphia who own large tracts of rural land but neither visit these properties nor settle their sons on them (pp. 7–8), praising household manufacturing (p. 12), discussing the benefits of enriching soil with gypsum (pp. 17–9), outlining the potential benefits of the agricultural society in diffusing agricultural publications and samples and in reporting on foreign livestock and new farming tools (pp. 24–6), and calling for agricultural training at the collegiate and secondary levels and additional general education for farmers (pp. 31–2). The order for Thomas Appleton and TJ’s account current with Vaughan, both enclosed herein, have not been found. Other enclosure printed below.

ds st: “Days’ Sight.”

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

2Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • An Address delivered before the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture; at its anniversary meeting, January 18, 1820 (W. Tilghman) search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and stonecutters for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Cooper, Thomas; professor at South Carolina College search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • Cushing, Mr. (ship captain) search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ’s correspondence with search
  • Delaware River; ice in search
  • Dodge, Joshua; and wine for TJ search
  • Girard, Stephen; and TJ’s lines of credit search
  • Henry, Bernard; conveys documents search
  • Jacques Laffitte & Compagnie (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Vaughan search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; lines of credit in Europe search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; good health of search
  • Newbern (brig) search
  • Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture; addresses to search
  • Pleiades (brig) search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); faculty at search
  • spices; vanilla search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); and packages for TJ search
  • Tilghman, William; An Address delivered before the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture; at its anniversary meeting, January 18, 1820 search
  • vanilla; TJ orders search
  • Vaughan, John; account with TJ search
  • Vaughan, John; and T. Cooper search
  • Vaughan, John; and TJ’s health search
  • Vaughan, John; handles financial transactions search
  • Vaughan, John; letters from search
  • Vaughan, John; sends works to TJ search
  • Vaughan, John; TJ orders goods through search
  • Vaughan, John; TJ sends letters through search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; faculty compensation search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search
  • weather; ice search
  • West, Mr. (ship captain) search
  • wine; sent to TJ search