Thomas Jefferson Papers

Fernagus De Gelone to Thomas Jefferson, 16 October 1821

From Fernagus De Gelone

New York. Octob. 16. 1821—

Venerated Sir.

I am on the point of leaving this Country, and I cannot do it without offering you my tribute of devoutedness and of gratitude. from your personal politeness towards me, and from the respect Your name commands, I will take the liberty to recall me to your dear memory.—My object is to Join Mr. Bonpland, the Collaborator of Humboldt, at the foot of the Andes.—I likely will be here a few days more. Should You please to honour me with a letter, It might go to me through Mr Gahn, the Swedish Consul, here, or thro’ the American Consuls in Dominica, Martinico or Buenos Aïres.—

I Sincerely Send you my most respectful vows for the continuation of your good health.—from honour, Sir, I lost in part my property. Having been educated in Europe, I imagined that I could turn useful to my Second Countrymen.—I even offered to teach the great rules of Science (practical—no books). No Success. I wanted to inculcate the plain & beautiful plans of the Royal Military School of Louis the XVth, which were followed by the Normal and by the Polytechnic Schools, in Paris, and which are most completely imitated now in London, Paris and Dresden.

Your most respectful Servant
fernagus De Gelone
Allié du Major General Prince
de Neufchatel
& Wagram.

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson”; with unrelated calculations in Fernagus De Gelone’s hand on recto; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 16 Oct. 1821 received 27 Oct. 1821 and so recorded (as a letter of 15 Oct.) in SJL.

allié du: “Relation by marriage of.” Louis Alexandre Berthier was the prince de neufchatel (Neuchâtel).

Index Entries

  • Berthier, Louis Alexandre, Prince de Neuchâtel; family of search
  • Bonpland, Aimé Goujaud; and South America search
  • École Militaire (Paris); educational plan of search
  • École Normale Supérieure (Paris); educational plan of search
  • École Polytechnique (Paris); educational plan of search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; as educator search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; family of search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; finances of search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; letters from search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; plans to relocate to South America search
  • Gahn, Henry; as Swedish consul at New York search
  • Humboldt, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander, Baron von; as A. G. Bonpland’s collaborator search
  • Louis XV, king of France; and École Militaire search
  • schools and colleges; École Militaire (Paris) search
  • schools and colleges; École Normale Supérieure (Paris) search
  • schools and colleges; École Polytechnique (Paris) search