Thomas Jefferson Papers

Alrichs & Dixon to Thomas Jefferson, 2 December 1812

From Alrichs & Dixon

Wilmington del. 2nd 12th Mo 1812

Highly Esteemed Friend

we at length are enabled to1 send thee on a hand Carding Engine for Cotton, it was much our wish to have foreward it sooner. But on recpt of thy last we had not any Cards on hand suitable, altho. in daily expectation of Receiving a quanity from Leicester Mass, But the risque of sending Coastwise induced us to order them by another Rout, which we have found a tedious business—the boxes where sent 3 day ago by the way of Baltimore to Gibson & Jefferson Richmond: Va agreeable to thy directions

The amount is as pr bill on other side—derections for Useing are inclosed. but if on trial any dificulty should take place that we can explain by writeing we will with much Pleasure—Please Accept our sincere and Respectfull desires for thy continued2 wellfair—

Alrichs & Dixon

Wilmington del. 12 Mo 2nd 1812

Thomas Jefferson
To Alrichs & Dixon
For one Hand Carding Engine for } $
Cotton 86.00
2 Emery Boards & Cylinder 2.00
2 Boxes & packing 4.00
Cash paid postage to } 5.00
Frenchtown & Fraight
to Baltimore  
$ 97.00

RC (DLC); in Jacob Alrichs’s hand; with bill on verso; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Dec. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

1Manuscript: “to to.”

2Manuscript: “contimued.”

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