Thomas Jefferson Papers

Horatio G. Spafford to Thomas Jefferson, 28 January 1815

From Horatio G. Spafford

Albany, 1 Mo. 28, 1815.

Esteemed Friend—

I send, herewith, the little pamphlet I mentioned in my Letter a few days since. I am in hopes it may amuse thee a few hours, & that thou wilt favor me with thy opinion of the principles I have laid down, & of the utility of my invention. The numerous & expensive experiments which I have made on this subject, shall be, in due time, detailed for some Literary or philosophical Society. I have a high opinion of this invention—& so confident am I of its ingenuity & usefulness, that I almost, persuaded myself to presume on dedicating the pamphlet to my Hond Friend, the late President Jefferson. If I had done so, should I have done wrong? Or would my venerrable friend have objected to it? Please distribute the spare copies, at thy discretion. I much regret that I could not have seen thee; & I hope thy goodness will excuse me, if I ask; should I never see thee, some small trifle as a memento. With the most cordial & respectful esteem, thy grateful, obliged


H. G. Spafford.

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Hon. T. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Feb. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: multiple copies of Spafford, Wheel-Carriages.

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  • inventions; of H. G. Spafford search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Some Cursory Observations on the Ordinary Construction of Wheel-Carriages (H. G. Spafford) search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; inventions of search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; letters from search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; requests memento from TJ search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; Some Cursory Observations on the Ordinary Construction of Wheel-Carriages search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; wishes to visit TJ search