Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Coppinger to Thomas Jefferson, 15 September 1815

From Joseph Coppinger

New York 15th September 1815


Annexed you will find the Prospectus of the contemplated practical treatise on Brewing Malting1 & Tanning which will Probably be ready for delivery in three weeks from this day. If you will be Kind enough to give me the name of your Bookseller at Washington I will take care that some Copy[s] be sent on to him for you and you[r] fr[iends] to whom I request you will h[ave] the goodness to recommend this little work[.] Assuring you I have used my best endeavour to make it generally useful, and I trust on perusal you will find it so—

I have the honor to be with great respect

Sir Your obt Servt

Joseph Coppinger

RC (DLC); mutilated at seal; addressed: “The HonobleThomas JeffersonMonté CelloVerginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked New York, 16 Sept.; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Oct. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: prospectus for Coppinger, The American Practical Brewer and Tanner, noting that the author has twenty-five years of experience in brewing and malting; asserting that the work, which will cost $2.25 and include three illustrations, will be useful to gentlemen, merchants, farmers, brewers, and tanners; stating that “an extensive use of malt liquors is the natural, and, perhaps, the only, effectual remedy to the too great consumption of ardent spirits”; describing the tanning sections as “given from the Academy of Arts and Sciences at Paris”; indicating that improved methods will speed the process of tanning “Soal Leather” from at least twelve months to just twenty-one days, while calf skins can be tanned in three or four days rather than six to eight months, with corresponding increases in the return on capital; promising that the volume will include “the whole process of brewing Porter, Pale Ale, Table Beer, &c., of the best quality”; and concluding with a table of contents and a place to inscribe the name, residence, and number of copies ordered by subscribers (undated broadside in DLC: TJ Papers, 204:36436).

1Word interlined.

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