Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 21 August 1820

From Thomas Cooper

Aug. 21. 1820

Dear sir

I thank you for your friendly letter. I hope to go by land to Carolina & to be there, about the middle of Octr. Mrs Cooper takes my family by sea in November.

I think if Messrs Eppes & Baker are at Columbia by the beginning of the second week of Octr it will be quite soon enough. Nulty cannot be elected till the meeting of the Trustees, when the Legislature meet. They1 (Mess. E & B.)2 will not gain much during the interval from the present mathematical tutor.

We have had about 50 Cases of malignant or yellow fever in this city: but it is local or endemic: in no case & in no sense epidemic or even sporadic. It has been communicated from its habitat to Persons, but not in any instance that I know of, from Person to Person. One case only has occurred within the last 2 days.

I remain with all kindness, and sincere respect

Dear sir Your friend and Servant

Thomas Cooper

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 26 Aug. 1820 from Philadelphia and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Bernard Peyton, [3] Oct. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 21 Aug.

Hugh McMillan was the present mathematical tutor at South Carolina College (later the University of South Carolina) (Maximilian LaBorde, History of the South Carolina College [1874], 528).

1Manuscript: “Thiy.”

2Parenthetical phrase interlined.

Index Entries

  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); education of search
  • Cooper, Elizabeth Pratt Hemming (Thomas Cooper’s wife); travels of search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); family of search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); on South Carolina College search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); on yellow fever search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, at South Carolina College search
  • McMillan, Hugh; as mathematics tutor search
  • Nulty, Eugenius; and South Carolina College search
  • Philadelphia; yellow fever in search
  • South Carolina; legislature search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); and F. W. Eppes search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); and J. W. Baker search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); faculty at search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); trustees of search
  • yellow fever; in Philadelphia search