Thomas Jefferson Papers

James McKinney to Thomas Jefferson, 23 August 1813

From James McKinney

North Milton Augst 23rd 13.


I am apprehensive I have left the draft of the hemp break amongst some papers I left in charge of my Son at the city of Washington, I hunted diligently for it here, but contrary to my expectation cannot find it, however, I can draw or explain the model from memory So as to make you perfectly understand the principal on which it works, I will Send it to you on Saturday

Be pleasd to accept my Sincere Esteem

James McKinney

you will See by the scrap enclosd Something of the principal on which it works he scratched it off withe the pen & from that took his draft


RC (DLC); postscript on address verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello.” Enclosure not found.

A brake (break) is a toothed tool or machine for breaking or crushing flax or hemp (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

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  • hemp; brake search
  • machines; hemp brake search
  • McKinney, James; and hemp brake search
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