William Thornton to Thomas Jefferson
[ca. 9 May 1812]
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.—
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.