Thomas Jefferson Papers

Alrichs & Dixon to Thomas Jefferson, 19 August 1812

From Alrichs & Dixon

Wilmington, del. 19th 8th Mo 1812

Highly Esteemed, Man,

Thy favour of 10th Inst came duly to hand. I hasten to inform that haveing succeeded beyond my most sanguine hope in constructing of hand Carding Engines, will be much gratified in supplying thee one, with all resonable expedition, and if correct in opinion of the kind wanted, believe it can be ready in about four Weeks, from this

I apprehend, from thy Mentioning, that, thy spinning machine, had to be supplied with carding “by hand” that the one wanted was of the kind, which give off a Roll, like the Roll which Sheeps Wool is made into, for Spinning—if I am wrong in my opinion, (of the kind wanted) would be obliged if thou would correct me as soon, as convenient—as there is a difference in the construction of a Carder, of this kind, from one that gives off a perpetual Roll, (or Sleiver) for drawing & roveing before, it is carried to the spinning frame—the prices are as pr Memmorandum on other1 page all compleat for Use with derections for keeping in order—

I am fearfull we shall not be able soon to meet an oppertunity direct down the bay of Chesapeake to either Norfolk or Richmond, but can almost any day send to Baltimore, from which there is little doubt, but there is frequent convayence to either of the above places—

Please Accept my Respectfull, and Sincere, wishes for thy continued Welfare
Jacob Alrichs
Alrichs & Dixon.

Mem. Carder, to Make Rolls

Cotton Carding Engine (for hand) } 86.00
14 Inch Cards
 Emery Board & Cylinder 2.00
Box and packing 4.00
Carting to Frenchtown Landing } 3.00
say about
$ 95.00

Carder, & Machinery, to Make Roveing

hand Carding Engine for } 86.00
Cotton: 14 Inch Cards
1 drawing & Roveing head { 37.50
10 drawing Cans 13.00
1 Bobbin Winder 1.00
Emery Board & Cylinder for } 2.00
Grind Cards
Boxes and packing 6.00
Portage to Frenchtown Landing } 4.00
on the Bay, say
$ 149.50

RC (DLC); in Alrichs’s hand; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire late President of the United States Monticello Virga”; franked; postmarked Wilmington, Del., 19 Aug.; postscript on verso of address cover; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Aug. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

Alrichs & Dixon was a machine-making firm established in 1810 in Wilmington, Delaware. Its primary partners were Jacob Alrichs and Isaac Dixon. Dixon (Dickson) (d. 1816) was a machinist who served as president of the Abolition Society of Delaware (1804 and 1816), as a member of the Wilmington city council (1810), and as a director of the Bank of Wilmington and Brandywine (1812). The firm was dissolved on Dixon’s death (Herbert Standing, comp., Delaware Quaker Records: Early Members of Wilmington Meeting [n.d.], 3:87–8; American Convention for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, Minutes of the Proceedings 9 [1804]: 15; 14 [1816]: 21; Wilmington American Watchman, 5 May 1810, 21 Dec. 1816; J. Thomas Scharf, History of Delaware, 1609–1888 [1888; repr. 2001], 2:670–1, 738; A Directory, and Register for the Year 1814 … of the Borough of Wilmington, and Brandywine [1813], 9, 16).

1Manuscript: “othe.”

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