Thomas Jefferson authorizes payments to Monticello doctors

    Thomas Jefferson Autograph Letter Signed "Th:Jefferson" as vice president. One page, 7.5" x 5", Philadelphia, April 17, 1800. Less than seven months before his election as the third U.S. president, the author of the Declaration of Independence writes this order for his close friend and agent, John Barnes, to pay for the services of doctors at Monticello.

    "Pay to Doctr. David Jackson on order for Doct. [William] Wardlaw sixty six dollars twenty five cents & for Doctr. [Charles] Everett forty three Dollars fourteen cents for value received on account of Sir[?]. Your humble servt. [signed] Th:Jefferson."

    Along the left margin Jefferson has written:
    "Dr. Wardlaw 66.25
    Dr. Everet 43.14
    D. 109.39."

    Below Jefferson's signature Stephen North has written, "Rec'd paymt. this 17 April for Dr. Jackson. [signed] Stephn. North."

    Dr. William Wardlaw and Dr. Charles Everett practiced medicine near Monticello. A year after Dr. Wardlaw received payment for these services, he was back at Monticello administering cowpox vaccines to President Jefferson's slaves. Meanwhile, John Barnes continued to serve Jefferson as an agent. Later as president, Jefferson appointed Barnes customs collector at Georgetown, a position Barnes kept for twenty years. On the verso, another hand has endorsed the document and refigured the sums owed. Toned with smoothed folds.

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