New York Corner Nassau & Cedar St. 20 November 1821
Altho’ you have retired from public life, yet I have supposed, the great interests of our Country are very near your heart that you would be gratified with hearing of the success of American Agriculture—& the native genius of our country men in Mechanism—
under those impressions I have taken the liberty of enclosing you a Sample of flax— the plant of which grew upon my farm in New Jersey, which consists principally of reclaimed Salt Meadow—& was dressed in an enrotted State in a machine invented by a native american.
The Machine is Constructed to go by animal or water power & is estimated to dress one Ton of the stem or plant in the ten ordinary working hours of the day—the Expence of breaking & clearing the flax & bringing it into the State in which I send it you will not exceed 2 cents per pound
The Information we have from England is that it Cost 6. / near 11 cents our money to produce the same result—
There is a great saving—more than 100 pr Cent in the fibre & the machine is equally as well calculated for Hemp as well as flax—With my sincere wishes for your health & happiness
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.