Envisaging the West: Thomas Jefferson and the Roots of Lewis and Clark


Letter from David Rittenhouse to Thomas Jefferson

David Rittenhouse to Thomas Jefferson, April 10, 1793
Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress
David Rittenhouse asks Thomas Jefferson for direction in the planning of the Andrew Michaux expedition.

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Dr Sir

Mr. Misho called on me Yesterday. He wishes to know whether he is to prepare for his journey, & that instructions be prepared for him if he goes. This I hope you will do. Will it be proper to call a meeting of the Society, or shall we have a meeting of a few individuals who are interested in this business? He says 3 or 4 Hundred dollars put into his hands at present would be sufficient.

Yours Sr
Dr. Rittenhouse
Mr. Jefferson Wednesday Morn.