Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 5 August 1820

From John Vaughan

Philad. 5 Aug. 1820

Dr sir

When my friend The Revd Mr Jared Sparks (who is the Unitarian Minister at Baltimore) proposed going to the Va Springs for his health, I urged his paying a Visit to yourself, who had I knew always felt pleasure, in seeing literary men of Liberal & enlarged minds—He could not then flatter himself with being able to compass So extensive a tour & did not avail himself of my offer—By a letter this moment received he has hopes of accomplishing his wishes & I send this to Staunton to meet him—He is an eleve of Cambridge Uy: an Institution to which we are indebted for many Shining & Useful Characters—

The Unitarians are erecting a church at N York & are about attempting to Organise a Socy there, with some prospect of success—our friend Mr Law, offers a Lot a 500$—

I remain with great respect Your friend & sert

Jn Vaughan

RC (MHi); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Va Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Aug. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

eleve of cambridge uy: student educated at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Index Entries

  • Harvard University; J. Sparks as student at search
  • health; and warm springs search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Law, Thomas; and New York Unitarians search
  • New York (city); First Congregational Church search
  • religion; Unitarianism search
  • schools and colleges; Harvard University search
  • Sparks, Jared; introduced to TJ search
  • Sparks, Jared; travels of search
  • Unitarianism; in New York City search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and Unitarianism search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); introduces J. Sparks search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); letters from search
  • Virginia; springs in search