Description1809 Benjamin Rush Letter, An Original Copy. Two pages, 7.25" x 9", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1809. This is an original true copy of a letter written by Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence and physician, to "the Right Honble Lord Buchan". This letter evokes the names of General George Washington and President James Madison. It reads in part: "...my third son Dr. James Rush and a favorite pupil Dr. Thomas Fuller (the son of a wealthy and respectable planter in South Carolina) who visit Edinburgh in order to prosecute their studies in medicine...They will inform your Lordship how much joy the renewal of the intercourse of our Country with Great Britain diffused through all Classes of our citizens and the prosperity and happiness the united states now enjoy in the Administration of our government by Mr. Madison who with his own native talents aided by the singular prudence and common sense of his predecessor General Washington has nearly driven party spirit from the Councils and people of our country... - sincere friend and most obedient Servant (Signed) Benj. Rush". Notated at the end, "A true copy from the original in my possession / Robert Anderson M.D.". This true copy is written on fine period paper with an 1813 watermark. The letter is in fine condition, with usual folds present, light soiling visible around the edges, especially the upper edge, and rounded and slightly bent corners. Pencil notations on verso.
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