Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: George Sullivan’s Recommendation of Charles Artzt, 25 May 1811


George Sullivan’s Recommendation of Charles Artzt

The undersigned hereby certifies, that the bearer, Mr: Charles Artzt, was engaged by an eminent mechanicien at Paris, to come out to America, for the purpose of constructing here several Machines of his invention; That Mr: Artzt has been employed for more than a year and a half, in constructing machinery, for carding and opening wool, and other machinery, for other purposes; That he has constructed, a carding machine some opening machinery, a card=pricking machine, and a machine for cutting the teeth of wheels obliquely (helical); that these are in no respect inferior to the original machines of the inventor, but the spining machine proving defective in principle, Mr: Artzts employers, with his advice and consent, have discontinued the fabrication of these machines; and cheerfully, give this testimony of his good moral character and respectability.

His talents as a mecanicien and his abilities as a workman, will better appear from his labours, than from any thing that can be superadded by the subscriber

George Sullivan

Tr (DLC); entirely in Artzt’s hand; at head of text: “Copey.”

Sullivan wrote TJ praising Artzt’s abilities soon after the latter came to america (Sullivan to TJ, 15 Sept. 1809).

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