Thomas Jefferson Papers

Henry Foxall to Thomas Jefferson, 11 April 1809

From Henry Foxall

Georg Town Apl 11th 1809


Your favor of the 24th Ulto came to hand in due course, The Stew holes you request me to Send You, I have Made and put them on board a vessele bound for Richmond which is to sail this day

I observe the Information you have received respecting our Method of Makeing the Stew holes is not agreeable to our practice, we cast the Cheeks, and grates, sepperate and not Solid or together, the reason is that one set of Cheeks will Last as long as Many sets of grates—

I have Sent you a duble set of grates two to Each Stew hole, believeing it might be difficult for you to obtain others when the first set of Grates might become useless—

I have not given up the Intention of Executing the Stove you were so kind as to send me the Model of—when done I will inform you of its success, Should it answer the Expectation I have of it I will Send you one on agreeable to your request

I am Respectfully Sir Your Obedt Servt

Hen:y Foxall

RC (MHi); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Apr. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

cheeks: the side-pieces of a grate or stove (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). TJ sent Foxall a model of a Swedish stove he had received from David Steuart Erskine, eleventh earl of Buchan. Foxall did not produce one until 1811 (TJ to Foxall, 7 May 1811, and Foxall to TJ, 12 Oct. 1811).

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  • Buchan, David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of; and model of Swedish stove search
  • Foxall, Henry; and stew stove for TJ search
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  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); stew stove at search
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