From Benjamin Vaughan
[ca. 1 Mch. 1787]
I take the liberty to introduce to your acquaintance, Mr. Garnett of Bristol, a gentleman who is particularly recommended to me by my particular connection Mr. Richard Bright of Bristol, as his friend and a person of very good character. His object with you, will be to make you acquainted with an invention of his (for which himself and the Revd. Mr. Milton have obtained a patent here) for relieving friction upon the axes of wheels &c. Its simplicity will soon enable you to determine how far it may be useful in the United States; and your protection of the invention and its author, in case you should approve it, will give you a pleasure, which I am happy in being the means of bringing to your Excellency’s notice. I have the honor to be with great respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble servt.,
RC (DLC); undated; endorsed. The date has been assigned from Short’s letter to TJ of 6 Apr. 1787 which reads in part: “A Mr. Garnett…brought some letters and left a card for you two or three weeks past”; and from an entry in SJL recording the receipt of an undated letter from Vaughan on 26 Mch. 1787 at Aix-en-Provence (see also TJ to Vaughan, 2 July 1787).