Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William McClure, 16 October 1813

To William McClure

Monticello Oct. 16. 13.


I was just going out on my ride the other day when your son called with your letter, which prevented my doing more than sending an order for the barrel of flour. I have with chearfulness supplied your necessities in consideration of getting my spinners & weavers instructed, informing you always that when this was done, you would have to look to other resources: and desirous that you should do this in time I mentioned to you some time ago1 that when Dolly should be able to go on by herself, we should take her home. we accordingly propose, as the winter is now setting in, that after finishing the piece of cloth now in her loom, that it shall be set up here, & she come home to weave on it here. you will then have to stand on your own legs, as I formerly observed to you. you shall be welcome to continue in the house and tenement, free of rent, and I shall with pleasure do any thing I can towards promoting your business and it’s success, which I am sure if pushed with activity will be a sufficient resource for your maintenance. accept the assurance of my best wishes for your success and of my respect.

Th: Jefferson

SC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr William Mclure”; endorsed by TJ.

No letter of October 1813 from McClure to TJ is recorded in SJL and none has been found.

1Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Dolly (TJ’s slave; b.1794); as Monticello weaver search
  • flour; received as pay search
  • looms search
  • machines; loom search
  • manufacturing, household; cloth search
  • McClure (McLure), William; letters from accounted for search
  • McClure (McLure), William; letters to search
  • McClure (McLure), William; Monticello weaver search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); weaving at search
  • textiles; and weaving search