Hereford Township Berks County (Pennsylvania) 5th. January 1807
I have taken the liberty of transmitting to Congress a petition relative to the encouragement of American manufactures.
Joseph Clay Esqr. will present the petition. It contains a plan agreeable to which, in my view, an encouragment of such institutions may be effected. It represents sollicitudes that this plan may meet with a favourable reception. Your Excellency I know is well aware of the necessity of encouraging such establishments in this country. Although I possess no personal acquaintance with your Excellency, yet I trust, from your friendly disposition to these institutions, that should the principles of my plan accord with your Excellency’s wishes and sentiments, your Excellency will give such public or private encouragement to the plan as your Excellency may deem proper. With a sollicitude for your Excellency’s favourable interference in this undertaking, and with sentiments of high esteem I have the honour to be
Your Excellency’s obedient and very humble Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.