Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Fox to Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 15] January 1816

From Joseph Fox

No. 323 Spruce Street1 Philad: [ca. 15] Jan. 1816—

Honor’d sir—

For a number of years with much difficulty and expense I have employed myself in discovering dyes, &c. suitable to the manufacture of various articles in the United States, and finding them of advantage to many throughout our country, and having been requested by persons interested to make them public, by publishing a work containing from one to two hundred pages, as my circumstances may permit, I have in the event concluded to dedicate it to you in the following manner:—


Original Work

Is most respectfully2 dedicated

by the Author

To the Hon. Thomas Jefferson, Esqr

For the many attentions bestowed by him

on his fellow citizens

In promoting the sciences


For the general welfare

of his Country.

Dr sir, your patronage and assent would be gratefully received—

Yours, very respectfully

J. Fox

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 206:36650); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Joseph Fox received 27 Jan. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Isaac A. Coles, 18 Feb. 1816, on verso; addressed: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson Esqr Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 15 Jan. Enclosure not found.

Joseph Fox was listed intermittently in Philadelphia directories as a teacher and printer from 1808 until 1833. He issued a proposal for printing The Friends Monthly Magazine in 1799 and published its only issue that April (H. Glenn Brown and Maude O. Brown, A Directory of the Book-Arts and Book Trade in Philadelphia to 1820, Including Painters and Engravers [1950], 50; Philadelphia Gazette & Universal Daily Advertiser, 21 Mar. 1799; James Robinson, The Philadelphia Directory, for 1808 [Philadelphia, 1808]; Robert Desilver, Desilver’s Philadelphia Directory and Stranger’s Guide, for 1833 [1833], 72).

1Address to this point given perpendicularly in margin at foot of text.

2Manuscript: “respectfull.”

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