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The Thomas Jefferson Letter

The Becker Medical Library owns a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John McAllister that was written on December 26, 1814 concerning Jefferson’s spectacles. 

At Jefferson’s request, an optician from Philadelphia named John McAllister had constructed bifocal lenses during his second presidential term.  As the letter indicates, now that several years had passed since McAllister had crafted the spectacles, Jefferson had just begun to use one of the lens sets McAllister had made, but found that a few of the lenses didn’t work as desired.  In the letter, Jefferson explains what he perceives to be the problem and asks for Mr. McAllister to repair the faulty lenses.  The letter transcribed here was presented to Dr. Eugene Opie, the Dean of Washington University School of Medicine, in 1915 by William K. Bixby.

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John McAllister


I enclose you a pair of spectacle frames with their complete set of glasses, which is one of 3. or 4. sets you were so kind as to furnish me with several years ago. It is lately only that I have called them into use. I found the glasses actually in them render a perfect vision, but on changing them for any of the other numbers, the object is entirely confused. I know I have not mismatched the other numbers because, for fear of that, I have made it a point never to take out two numbers at the same time, but always to pick up one pair before I took out another. I am obliged therefore to ask your rectifying hand to them, and when you shall have put them to rights, to return them to me by mail by which conveyance I send them to you. I occasionally have to remit small sums to Philadelphia for books, newspapers, etc., and will take care to add your bill to my first remittance. Accept the assurance of my esteem and respect.

Th. Jefferson

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