From Abraham Howard Quincy
Boston June 24th 1812
The enclosed I intended as a letter, but from its crouded State I am compelled to trouble you With an enclosure.
With the Articles mentioned I will Send on for your examination & the inspection of your friends Several of my Models.
I beg the liberty to express the Sensibillity I feel for your kindly proffered Services in the introduction of My Fire improvements to your patreatick State.
Abrm H. Quincy
PS Boston ever on the extreemes, destroyed the Stamp act & Tea before our Independance, & this day hoists her coulors half mast hiegh in contempt of the only measure by which it can be secured.
RC (ViW: TC-JP); beneath signature: “Ths Jefferson Esqr late President of the united States”; endorsed by TJ as received 8 July 1812 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Quincy’s other letter to TJ of this date.
The only measure to secure American independence, the declaration of war on Great Britain, led General Henry Dearborn to order on 22 June 1812 that the Massachusetts militia defend the ports and harbors in its home state and Rhode Island. Boston newspapers reported the deployment two days later (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Military Affairs, 1:322; Boston Columbian Centinel, 24 June 1812).