I have received [from you] a copy of the evidence at large respecting the discovery of the vaccine inoculation … for which I return you my thanks. Having been among the early converts, in this part of the globe, to its efficiency, I took an early part in recommending it to my countrymen. I avail myself of this occasion of rendering you a portion of the tribute of gratitude due to you from the whole human family. Medicine has never before produced any single improvement of such utility … You have erased from the calendar of human afflictions one of its greatest … Future nations will know by history only that the loathsome small-pox has existed and by you has been extirpated [eliminated].
Source: To Dr. Edward Jenner Monticello, May 14, 1806
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Wise and grateful leaders praise the contributions of others.
Dr. Jenner studied smallpox and greatly improved the practice, safety and effectiveness of inoculation for the deadly disease. Jefferson was among the first to adopt the new method. He had all of his family, slaves and some of his neighbors inoculated. There is some indication he performed the vaccinations himself. He actively promoted the practice to others. Some credit Jefferson with conducting the first public health inoculation campaign in America.
Here, Jefferson expressed his profound appreciation to Dr. Jenner for his pioneering and life-saving work.
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