Thomas Jefferson Papers

Fernagus De Gelone to Thomas Jefferson, 29 June 1820

From Fernagus De Gelone

New Yorck June 29. 1820


I have received the honour of your letter. It mentions what I did expect, devoutedness to improvement and politeness. I did feel so proud, that I had it inserted in the Commercial Advertiser. I take the liberty of sending you a short part of the plan which I pursue. it is to embrace all the sections of human knowledge. I know nothing of the method of Laharpe, nor of those of Pestalozzi, Sicard, Lancaster, Bell. As mine is founded on Mathematics, it must have more or less analogy with theirs. it is truth. I hope You will read the manuscript, and Send it back at leisure. I would be happy even to know That You found me incorrect.

hoping that You are well and shall be long well, Sir. I am your most obedient servant

fernagus De Gelone

I had the delight of being understood by a Deaf and Dumb. Dr Mitchill introduced me to Dr Stansbury. his System, however good, is very limited.

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson, Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 6 July 1820 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

Index Entries

  • Bell, Andrew; as educator search
  • books; on education search
  • deafness; education of deaf and mute search
  • disabilities, persons with; and education for deaf, mute, and blind search
  • education; books on search
  • education; for deaf, mute, and blind search
  • education; Lancasterian system search
  • education; Pestalozzi system search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; as educator search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; letters from search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; sends manuscript to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; publication of papers search
  • La Harpe, Frédéric César de; as educator search
  • Lancaster, Joseph; educational system of search
  • mathematics; study of search
  • Mitchill, Samuel Latham; introduces J. L. Fernagus De Gelone search
  • newspapers; New YorkCommercial Advertiser search
  • New York (city); Commercial Advertiser search
  • Pestalozzi, Johann Heinrich; educational system of search
  • Sicard, Roch Ambroise Cucurron; and education of the deaf and mute search
  • Stansbury, Abraham Ogier; and education of the deaf and mute search