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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Caspar Wistar

Thomas Jefferson to Caspar Wistar, December 16, 1800
Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress
In a personal addition to his other letter of December 16, 1800, Thomas Jefferson assures Caspar Wistar of William Dunbar's fitness for membership in the American Philosophical Society.

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Washington Dec. 16. 1800

Dear Sir

I have written you a letter of this date to be laid before the society. this is for yourself only. I have proposed so many members at different times that I am afraid to add to the number yet Dunbar ought to be associated to us. I inclose you a letter with some communications of his to a mr. Smith of London, which he sent to me open for perusal, desiring me when read to forward them as directed. they will enable you to judge of his degree of science, & therefore I leave them open for your perusal & will pray you to seal & send them by some vessel bound to London.

I have this day written to Chancr. Livingston, to pay him to procure for me the bones you mention, [unclear] for money or favors, and if obtained, to address them to Mr. Barnes, Philadelphia, where his agent Mr. Richards will receive & hold them subject to my order, and of course at your service.

accept my respectful & friendly salutations.
Th: Jefferson