Thomas Jefferson Papers

Fernagus De Gelone to Thomas Jefferson, 14 June 1820

From Fernagus De Gelone

N. York June 14. 1820


herein is an advertisement which I very respectfully beg you to look at. I should be proud to receive your advice on the Subject, and I would esteem myself peculiarly happy by being honored with your visit, if You come to this place—I had Just now the pleasure to receive two poor Boys. After few days, I Shall have Judged Their faculties.

I am most respectfully—Sir. Your very humble obedient Servant
fernagus De Gelone
 30. Pine St

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 21 June 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (ViU: TJP); address cover only; with PoC of final page of TJ to Thomas Cooper, 4 July 1820, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr—Monticelo. Milton.—Virginia”; franked; inconsistently postmarked New York, 13 June.

The enclosed advertisement was probably that printed in the New York Commercial Advertiser from 12 to 20 June 1820 under the title “Mutual Teaching of Languages, and of the Mechanical Arts. Foreign Book store, Library, etc.” It reads “F. De Gelone, No. 30 Pine-street, New-York, invites his friends and the public to visit his apparatus, which is calculated to teach a language and the liberal arts to the Deaf and Dumb. The Latin, French and Spanish tongues are indispensable to Gentlemen. The French is spoken in all the Courts and by the trading class in Europe—treaties were written in that language for centuries past. This method of Teaching, which was imitated from the formal plan by Lancaster and Bell, extends to the study of Mathematics.—It may be applied to the practice of the Fine Arts, such as Drawing, Statuary, Sculpture, Engraving, and to that of the Mechanical Arts, as Turning, Carpentry, Joinery, Forging, Dorimartics, etc. Any sort of instruments shall be thankfully received, as they are for the use of the Poor.—Each utensil presented, shall be marked City of New-York, and will be, of course, considered as its property. Two poor boys of 10 years of age, shall be taught without any compensation. As there is a lady in the house, two young girls may also apply.” “Dorimartics” is probably a typographical error for “Docimastics,” a variant of “docimasy,” the “art or practice of assaying metallic ores” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Bell, Andrew; as educator search
  • deafness; education of deaf and mute search
  • disabilities, persons with; and education for deaf, mute, and blind search
  • drawing; study of search
  • education; female search
  • education; for deaf, mute, and blind search
  • education; French language search
  • education; in fine arts search
  • education; in mechanical arts search
  • education; Lancasterian system search
  • education; Latin search
  • education; of the poor search
  • education; Spanish language search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; as educator search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; letters from search
  • French language; study of search
  • Lancaster, Joseph; educational system of search
  • language; study of search
  • Latin language; study of search
  • mathematics; study of search
  • sculpture; study of search
  • Spanish language; study of search
  • women; education of search