Thomas Jefferson Papers

Nathaniel Bowditch to Thomas Jefferson, 30 October 1820

From Nathaniel Bowditch

Salem Octr. 30 1820


I have forwarded a few papers just printed in the 4th Vol. of the Memoirs of the Academy, with the request that you would do me the honor to accept them

It gives me great pleasure to hear that your health is better than it was a few months since & I pray that it may long continue so.

With great respect & Esteem I remain Sir, your obedient & humb sert

Nathl Bowditch

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 28 Nov. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC: left half of address cover only (MHi), with Dft of TJ to Bernard Peyton, 25 May 1822, on verso; right half of address cover only (MHi), with Dft of TJ to Archibald Robertson, 25 May 1822, on verso; addressed: “The Honorable Thomas Jefferson late President of the United States Monticello”; franked; postmarked Salem, 1 Nov.

The second part of the 4th vol. of the Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1818–20) contained five articles contributed by Bowditch: “On the Meteor which passed over Wilmington in the state of Delaware, Nov. 21, 1819” (pp. 295–305); “Occultation of Spica by the Moon, observed at Salem” (p. 306); “On a mistake which exists in the calculation of Mr. Poisson relative to the distribution of the electrical matter upon the surfaces of two globes: in vol. 12 of the ‘Mémoires de la classe des sciences mathématiques et physiques de l’Institut Impérial de France’” (pp. 307–8); “On the Orbit of the Comet of 1819. By Alexander M. Fisher … Communicated in a letter to the Hon. Nathaniel Bowditch” (pp. 309–16); and “Elements of the Comet of 1819” (pp. 317–8).

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