From Richard Hutton
[on or before 15 Oct. 1801]
Please to forgive my forwardness in writing this to you, the opinion I and the World in general have of you emboldens me.
I am an Englishman, but have been in Principle a Repeblican from the beginning of the Revolution, by which I suffered much.
I am the Man who wrote the Letter to President Washington, requesting his attendance to view Mr. Pierce’s Machienary, and was at the very handle the then President Turned, you will remember that circumstance
I wish to be heard,
and wish you all imaginable success in all your undertakings
RC (DLC); undated; addressed: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.
Mr. Pierce’s Machienary: on 5 June 1792, as a member of a distinguished party that included George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, TJ visited the Philadelphia cotton manufactory of William Pearce, an English artisan and inventor recently arrived in America (Washington, Papers, Pres. Ser. description begins W. W. Abbot, Dorothy Twohig, Philander D. Chase, Theodore J. Crackel, and others, eds., The Papers of George Washington, Charlottesville, 1983–, 48 vols.: Presidential Series, 1987–, 12 vols. description ends , 10:378n; Vol. 20:321–2; Vol. 24:805n).