Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: William Thornton to Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 9 May 1812]


William Thornton to Thomas Jefferson

[ca. 9 May 1812]

Dear Sir—

I have had a measurement made of the Box or Case in which the Machine came packed, and I find it is

7 feet 7 Inches long—
3 feet 3 Inches wide,
2 feet 5 Inches deep.—

I thought it necessary to give the dimensions, that you might be better enabled to determine in what way it should be conveyed, provided you conclude to take it. I saw Mr Barrett spin a good deal of wool on it, & believe it to be a good Machine. Mr Greenleaf has got some made on the same principles with 40 Spindles.—

Yrs sincerely &c

W: T.—

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Hon: Mr Jefferson”; subjoined to RC of preceding enclosure; endorsed by TJ as a letter “probably” of 9 May, received 22 May 1812, and so recorded in SJL.

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