Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Rush, 15 June 1805

June 15. 1805

Dear Sir,

I have just now recd your friendly letter, and take the earliest opportunity to express my entire satisfaction with the contents of it. no man could have been nomd. as Mr B Successor that wd. be more agreeable to me than Mr Potter, & had I known before that he was a candidate for the appt I should not have requested it. He will likewise I have no doubt be equally agreeable to all the officers of the mint all of whom are worthy men & very much yr friends.

I have only to beg that my appn to you may remain a secret in yr own bosom.

The yellow fever the Scourge of our Country begins to engage the attention of the Courts in Europe. I have lately recd a number of Queries upon the Subject of its nature & origin from the Governments of Austria & Prussia—the one thro the hands of a Dr Palleris—the other from the Prussian minister at the Court of London. My Answers to those Queries were calculated to impress in the strongest terms the domestic origin of the disease & that it never did & never can spread from importn or Contagion, I mend these facts in order to submit to your Judgment whether measures similar to those taken by the Above Courts, might not be taken by our natl.government?—(would a recomn. of such an inquiry be foreign to a message to Congress?)—Our State legislatures have used egress of & chiefly thro’ ignorance in their laws for pung the importn of the fever, & thereby embarrassed & injured our commerce both at home and abroad.—

Excuse the liberty I have taken in commg this hint, & believe me to be as usual your sincere old friend of 1775

B Rush

NcD-MC: Trent Collection.

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