To Stephen W. Johnson
Monticello Mar. 15. 10.
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mr Johnson for the information on the subject of our manufactures communicated in his letter of Jan. 25. he inclosed it to mr Gallatin as the only channel to which he could commit it in order to render it useful. he salutes mr Johnson with assurances of his respect.
PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.
Stephen William Johnson was a British attorney who immigrated to the United States about 1795, settled in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and became a master in chancery. He dedicated to TJ his Rural economy: containing a Treatise on Pisé Building (New Brunswick, 1806; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1178), the first American treatise on rammed-earth construction (Johnson to TJ, 5 Mar. 1805, 25 Nov. 1806, and TJ to Johnson, 13 Mar. 1805, 13 Mar. 1807 [CSmH: JF-BA]; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 31 vols. description ends , 15:185n).
Johnson’s letter to TJ of 25 Jan. 1810, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from New Brunswick on 31 Jan. 1810. TJ presumably enclosed it in his missing letter to Albert gallatin of 15 Mar. 1810, also recorded in SJL.