Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Hosack, 28 April 1821

New york april 28th 1821

Dear Sir

I duly received your letters for Mr Coffee and have been in daily expectation of seeing him when I intended writing to you—I now find he is in So Carolina—I return you the letters you addressed to him as they were received by me—I hope you will find all correct—they were lodged by me in the Post office from whence I took them this morning—I shall be obliged by a line informing me if they are returned to you as they were sent—

I accompany this letter by a copy of my Second Edition of a volume on nosology—under the heads of Croup i e Trechitis—and of aneurism you will find that americans have contributed to the store of medical knowledge particularly in Surgery—I know you take an active interest in this as well other departments of knowledge and therefore beg to place this volume on your table—in the arrangement which I have adopted you will perceive I have kept Steadily in view those associations of disease that are best calculated to elucidate their nature and to direct their treatment—at ye same time that the pupil will I believe find it profitable in leading him to a knowldge of those essential symptoms which distinguish diseases having an affinity to each other

pardon the haste with which I address you—I am Dr Sir very respectfully yours

David Hosack

P.S I beg to say that I will be happy to attend to any commands you may have in New york—

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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