Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Pollard, 26 June 1792

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

Wm. Pollard

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).

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