Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin B. Ford, 28 November 1809

To Benjamin B. Ford

Monticello Nov. 28. 09.


If I have ever heard of the name of Benj. B Bernard or of any machine by him invented or improved, it has entirely escaped my recollection. as your letter does not even intimate what was the name, nature or object of the machine, it is impossible for me to say whether I have thought or spoken of it favorably or unfavorably. I am Sir

Your humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Benj. B. Ford”; endorsed by TJ.

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