Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Rush, 28 November 1807

Philadelphia Novr 28th. 1807.

Dear Sir,

I have just now received a letter from Dr Waterhouse in which he has requested me to address you in favor of his petition to be appointed Successor to Dr Eustis in the Charge of the marine hospital at Boston. Dr Waterhouse stands high with all the Scientific members of his profession. The New England states are indebted to him for introducing Vaccination into them,—and at an expense too of much Calumny & injury to his reputation. His Whiggism has been Conspicous thro’ his Whole life, particularly of late years since it has assumed the Name and Attributes of republicanism. One more reason remains to be mentioned in behalf of his Application. I have heard from himself that like many men who love thier friends, thier Country, or thier books better than themselves,—he is poor, and relies to use his own words upon the benevolence of Government to save his Children from the Accommodations of “an Alms house” should they survive Him.

Excuse the liberty of this letter, and be assured Dear Sir of the Continuance of the friendship of yours very respectfully

Benjn: Rush

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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