Papers of John Adams, volume 18

To Thomas Jefferson

To Thomas Jefferson

From John Adams to Edward Augustus Holyoke, 26 June 1786 Adams, John Holyoke, Edward Augustus
To Edward Augustus Holyoke
Sir— June 26, 1786

About the time of the proposition of a Correspondence between your society and the Royal society of Medicine at Paris, I made a similar overture to the Royal Accademy of Chirurgery, & met with a reception equally encouraging, but having never received from Mr. Louis the Perpetual secretary,1 any thing in writing I supposed it was forgotten or neglected— it is but a few Day’s since the inclosed 353 extract from the registres of the Royal Accademy of Chirurgery was sent to me from Paris, and I embrace the first oppertunity of doing myself the honor of transmitting it to you, to be laid before the medical society of which you are President—2


J. A—

LbC in WSS’s hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Edward Augustus Holyoke Esqr. / Prest. of the Medical society / of Massachusetts—”; APM Reel 113.


Antoine Louis (1723–1792), a noted French surgeon and longtime secretary of the Academy (Hoefer, Nouv. biog. générale ).


See also JA’s 3 April letter to Holyoke, above, and Holyoke’s 27 Oct. reply to this letter, below.