To Dominick Lynch
Monticello June 26. 17.
I am very1 thankful for the honor done me by an association with the American society for the encouragement of domestic manufactures instituted in New York. the history of the last 20. years has been a sufficient lesson for us all to depend for necessaries on ourselves alone: and I hope that 20. years more will place the American hemisphere under a system of it’s own, essentially peaceable and industrious, and not needing to extract it’s comforts out of the eternal fires raging in the old world. the efforts of the members of your institution being necessarily engaged in their respective vicinages, I consider myself, by their choice, as but a link of union between the promoters there and here of the same patriotic objects. praying you to present to the society my just acknolegements for this mark of attention, I tender to yourself the assurance of my great respect & consideration
PoC (CSmH: JF-BA); on verso of left half of reused address cover of Aaron Clark to TJ, 28 May 1817; at foot of text: “Mr Lynch”; endorsed by TJ. Printed in New-York Evening Post, 4 Aug. 1817, and elsewhere.
1. Word not in New-York Evening Post.
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