From William Pollard
Front above Callowhill Street No. 263 June 26th. 1792.
Having brought the Machine for spinning Cotton to perfection, which your board was pleased to grant me a Patent for; and having erected a small Mill which will shew in some measure to what extent it may be carried, and its usefullness in such a Country as ours, I shall be very hapy if you, Sir, Mr. Randolph and General Knox will honor me with a visit, I think it will please you because it promises to be very usefull, if you can spare any hour this Week and be pleased to let me know I will write to or call on the other Gentlemen, any other Gentlemen I shall be glad to see; I think it probable that our worthy President wou’d be pleased to see it if you, Sir, wou’d be pleased to mention it to him, I am very respectfully Sir your most obedt. Servant
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); at foot of text: “Honble. Thos. Jefferson Esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 June 1792 and so recorded in SJL.
Pollard, a Philadelphia merchant, had been issued a patent for a cotton spinning machine on 30 Dec. 1791 (List of Patents, description begins A List of Patents granted by the United States from April 10, 1792, to December 31, 1836, Washington, D.C., 1872 description ends 6; James Hardie, The Philadelphia Directory and Register [Philadelphia, 1793], 114; Francis Hopkinson to TJ, 29 June 1790).