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    Thomas Jefferson Autograph Letter Signed and Free Frank Signature. One page with integral address leaf, 7.75" x 9.75", Monticello [Virginia], November 16, 1825, to Dr. Thomas Sewall congratulating him (in the third person) on the establishment of a medical department at Columbian College (now George Washington University), in full, as written:

    "Th Jefferson returns his thanks to Dr. Sewall for the information he has been so kind as to furnish him of the institution of a medical school in the College of Columbia. he sincerely wishes it success and that it may have it's share in the merit of lessening the afflictions of mankind. he is particularly obliged to him for his interesting account of the medical institutions of our country. we include that also in the circle of the sciences to be taught in our University [the University of Virginia] and shall be happy to fraternise with that of Columbia as with all the other institutions of our country engaged in the common object of increasing the knolege and happiness of our fellow citizens. he prays Dr. Sewall to accept the assurance of his high respect and esteem."

    A second free frank signature appears on the address leaf, which is also addressed in Jefferson's hand. The usual folds are seen. Weakness has caused some separation at the right edge of the main horizontal fold and the left edge on the lower horizontal fold. Area of minor paper loss in the middle of the left edge from being opened at the wax seal. Moderately toned along the right edge. Ghosting in the lower half from the wax seal and the postmark.


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    Thomas Sewall (1786-1845) was a founding member of the medical faculty at Columbian College where he taught anatomy. Six years earlier, Sewall was charged with multiple counts of grave robbing and body snatching (two of the eight bodies were his former patients). Being found guilty, he was forced to leave the state of Massachusetts. He settled in Washington and became professor of anatomy at the National Medical College prior to his position at Columbian College. During the Columbian graduation of 1827 he provided the commencement speech. Ironically, the topic was on good moral conduct in the practice of medicine.



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