Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Wharton (d. 1829) to Thomas Jefferson, 18 April 1820

From John Wharton (d. 1829)

S[tev]ensburgh. 18th April 1820

My Dear Sir

As a mark of my esteem and veneration for your character, together with my sincere thanks for the politeness with which you answered the application of a stranger, I beg your acceptance of my Inaugural Dissertation. The politeness peculiar to you1 will naturally pardon its many imperfections, for being but little accustomed to composing in the latin language, the reading must necessarily appear harsh and discortant to the ear of criticism and classical taste. I am still solicitous to procure a professorship in your University—and have for some time past, contemplated a visit to Charlottesville, and was I confident of patronage in that vicinity as a medical practitioner, I should with a view of educating my rising family, with great pleasure, remove to your County—I am entirely unacquainted with the medical gentlemen of Albemarle, and therefore, an undertaking of this kind, could not be attempted but upon mature & deliberate consideration—If my professional pursuits admit, I shall in the course of the Summer do myself the pleasure to wait on you personally. In the mean time I remain your most obts Servant


RC (CSmH: JF-BA); mutilated at seal; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Apr. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Wharton, Tentamen Physiologico-Medicum inaugurale de Mania (Edinburgh, 1806).

1Preceding three words interlined.

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  • Albemarle County, Va.; doctors in search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • medicine; books on search
  • Tentamen Physiologico-Medicum inaugurale de Mania (J. Wharton) search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; faculty applicants search
  • Wharton, John (d.1829); letters from search
  • Wharton, John (d.1829); seeks position at University of Virginia search
  • Wharton, John (d.1829); Tentamen Physiologico-Medicum inaugurale de Mania search