Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Pinckney, 22 October 1792

To Thomas Pinckney

Philadelphia Oct. 22. 1792.


The bearer hereof, Mr. Saml. G. Dorr, of Albany, an ingenious citizen of these states, who has invented a machine for shearing cloth, proposing to go to England, I take the liberty of making him known to you, and of asking your countenance and protection to him should he on any occasion be in need of them. I have the honour to be with great respect & esteem, Sir Your most obedt. & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “T. Pinckney esquire.”

Two days before this letter was written Dorr received a patent for a machine described as “‘The wheel of knives,’ for shearing & raising the nap on cloths” (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).

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