Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert Patterson to Thomas Jefferson, 13 December 1816

From Robert Patterson

Philadelphia Decr 13, 16.


A considerable time ago, you made some enquiries relative to a good clock & watch-maker, who, you suggested, might advantageously settle in your neighbourhood. Neither then, nor since, till the other day, could I hear of one that I could recommend, who was willing to make the trial.

From the enclosed letter, you will be able to judge whether the persons therein Recommended by mr Hassler, would be likely to succeed in the place you mentioned. Any agency which I could exercise in this business, you may freely command.

I am, Sir, with the greatest Respect & esteem, Your most obedt servt

Rt Patterson

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Dec. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (CSmH: JF); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Wayles Eppes, 6 Mar. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello Va”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 13 Dec.

For TJ’s inquiry regarding a good clock & watch-maker for Charlottesville, see TJ to Thomas Voigt, 9 Apr. 1813, and Patterson to TJ, 24 Apr. 1813.

Index Entries

  • Charlottesville, Va.; watchmaker needed in search
  • Hassler, Ferdinand Rudolph; and watchmaker for Charlottesville search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Patterson, Robert; and watchmaker for Charlottesville search
  • Patterson, Robert; letters from search