Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tho Jefferson (1743-1824) Writes about Gardening


Thomas Jefferson by Tadeusz Andrzej Bonawentura Kosciuszko (1746 - 1817) 

1809 September 22.  (Jefferson to Benjamin Rush).  "I am endeavoring to recover the little I once knew of farming, gardening Etc. and would gladly now exchange any branch of science I possess for the knolege of a common farmer. too old to learn, I must be contented with the occupation & amusement of the art. already it keeps me so much without doors that I have little time to read, & still less to write."

Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence & a civic leader in Philadelphia, where he was a physician, politician, social reformer, humanitarian, & educator & the founder of Dickinson College. Rush attended the Continental Congress. He served as Surgeon General of the Continental Army & became a professor of chemistry, medical theory, & clinical practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Rush was a leader of the American Enlightenment & an enthusiastic supporter of the American Revolution. He was a leader in Pennsylvania's ratification of the Constitution in 1788. He opposed slavery, advocated free public schools, & sought improved education for women & a more enlightened penal system. As a leading physician, Rush had a major impact on the emerging medical profession. As an Enlightenment intellectual, he was committed to organizing all medical knowledge around explanatory theories, rather than rely on empirical methods.

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