Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Burnham, 24 November 1806

Ipswich Massa. Novr. 24th. 1806—


Your letter of Octr. 18th, directed to Mr Paul Pilsbury, was handed to me, a few days past, by him—He indeed was the inventor of the Corn-shelling-machine, but has sold out his whole right of invention—I am one of the patentees and am the person who had the honour of shewing you the operation of the machine, in Feby 1804—Altho’ I then thought it probable that I should send on a number to Richmond, Alexandria &c—Yet our after arrangements were such, ’till about this time, as to prevent that Idea—

We are now at liberty, and have given directions for one to be constructed and sent on to Richmond, by the first conveyance which may present, addressed to the house of Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson merchants in that place, after which will send you a bill of the expense—

It is not a little flattering that a machine which we have thought, and still conceive, to be a very important one should be enquired after by such a character as that of the President of the United States—

In behalf of myself and associates I am, Your Excellys. Obedt & huml Sert—

Thomas Burnham

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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