Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Sullivan, 10 December 1807

Boston 10th December 1807


I do not know but that I have been incautious in Mentioning Dr Waterhouse to you as surgeon for the hospital here. I beleived him qualified but knew that a great number the faculty were opposed to him as they had been to Dr Jarvis, but beleived the opposition to be founded in politics. I am now apprehensive that his Skill in surgery is not such as I had supposed and conceive that any opinion I may now give will have no weight without further and satisfactory inquiry I hope what I said before had none. I understood then that Eustis would not take it & then supposed that if he would no one would be prefered to him. The appointment of Waterhouse makes a great noise they say he is not capable of the business and though I have not seen Eustis I am told he agitated. And disappointed. The effect this will have on me if I am the cause of the appointment is of little consequence to me, but adversion among the republicans will be a great misfortune at this crisis in our public concerns. I was induced to write in favour of Waterhouse because he had been a persecuted man, but yet how far I must appear as the means of his appointment, and whether there cannot be now a remedy is a question I submit to your candor and friendship

I am with the most entire respect your humble servt

James Sullivan

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

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