Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Artzt, 5 July 1812

To Charles Artzt

Monticello July 5. 12.


Your favor of June 22. has been duly recieved, by that I learn your application to mechanical inventions, and your progress in them. in the machines for carding, roving & spinning of cotton and wool, little is now wanting except a greater simplification. machines equally effectual for the manipulation of flax & hemp are greatly wanted, & would be worthy of your attention. you wish to find a situation uniting the benefits of a water fall for machines, coal mines, iron works, and a convenient & cheap communication with distant market places. I know no spot in the United states which unites all these advantages so eminently as Richmond, the seat of government of this state.1 in the last circumstance only it has a superiority over the Patomak. with other places on the continent having coal-mines, iron works and waterfalls I am not acquainted.

Accept my wishes for your success and my respects.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Charles Artzt”; endorsed by TJ.

1Reworked from “these states.”

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