Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 11 October 1820

From John Vaughan

Philad. Oct. 11. 1820

Dr sir

My young friend M Lardner Vanuxem accompanies M Cooper, & will also be mentioned to you by M Correa—It would seem a work of supererrogation to add my recommendation1 to theirs—But having for a Series of years been his fathers friend, & long known his own devotion to Scientific pursuits, I must be permitted to add my testimony. He has past some years in france in adding to his acquiremts in Chemistry & Mineralogy which he means at a future day Professionally to make useful to his Country; he accompanies D Cooper, & will be his assistant in his Lectures at Columbia & make a part of his family—He will thus add to his Stock of knowledge & familiarise himself with the best method of communicating it to others

I remain affe Yours &ca

Jn Vaughan

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Oct. 1820 and so recorded (with additional bracketed notation: “by mr Vanuxem”) in SJL.

1Manuscript: “recommendatin.”

Index Entries

  • chemistry; study of search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); professor at South Carolina College search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); visits Monticello search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; introduces L. C. Vanuxem to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • mineralogy; study of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Cooper, Thomas search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Vanuxem, Lardner C. search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); faculty at search
  • Vanuxem, James search
  • Vanuxem, Lardner Clark; and T. Cooper search
  • Vanuxem, Lardner Clark; as geologist search
  • Vanuxem, Lardner Clark; introduced to TJ search
  • Vanuxem, Lardner Clark; visits Monticello search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); introduces L. C. Vanuxem search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); letters from search