From John Wright
Philadelphia Febry 20 1801
Having lately arrived in this City with the view of erecting sundry patent Machines to facilitate the business of agriculture, I take the liberty of addressing you for the purpose of knowing, whether you will be pleased to accept of one, to cut straw upon a principle different from Any now in use—. If this offir should be accepted, I will with pleasure forward the machine to any place you direct—
I am Sir with great respect Your humble Servt
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson Washington”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Feb. and so recorded in SJL.