Thomas Jefferson Papers

Josiah Meigs to Thomas Jefferson, 3 May 1821

From Josiah Meigs

General Land-Office, Washington City, May 3, 1821.


You will receve, with this, a tin case inclosing a Geometric Exemplification of Temperature, Winds, and Weather, in this City for 1820. The graphic part is by Robert King, Draughtsman in this Office.

AndersonHumboldt &c. have given us specimens of Geometric pictures. To you, no Explanation is necessary. I pray you to accept my gift as a proof, however trifling, of the sincerity of my esteem, and the truth of my respect.

Josiah Meigs

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson, Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 May 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

anderson: possibly Adam Anderson, a prominent Scottish scientist (ODNB description begins H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, 60 vols. description ends ). In 1817 Alexander von humboldt had published a pioneering isothermal map, the Carte des lignes Isothermes.

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