Washington 9th August 1807
In presuming to submit the inclos’d proposals for your consideration, I have in view only the public Weal, and the esteem of my fellow Citizens as my reward: having been favor’d by Mr Gallatin with a Clerkship in the Treasury Department, any profit that may arise to the person appointed to superintend the Business, should the proposals be adopted, would not induce me to leave my present employment; but my leisure Hours are at the service of the public at the present Crisis—
In my Youth I was concernd in the Management of a Cotton Manufactory in Ireland; some time ago I was call’d to view a Machine (in the Patent Office) for spinning and Carding Cotton, & had no doubt but the establishment of such Machines, & Looms with fly Shuttles, would be profitable in the Western Country; but I had not Capital to purchase them: recent Events have turn’d the public attention to the subject of domestic Manufactures; in this City a Subscription paper is in circulation, the object of which is to [encou]rage domestic Manufactures, by procuring the amount of the Subscription in such manufactures, from Philadelphia & other places; & I doubt not, the Subscribers would change their mode of obtaining their object, & place their Subscriptions to the plan enclosed, should it meet the approbation & Support of those who eminently possess the Confidence of the Public.
I have written to the Patentee of the Machine for carding and spinning Cotton, for information relative to the cost of such Machines, & shall make enquiries relative to the Cost of Looms &c; the result of these enquiries will be at your Service if call’d for—
I am Sir with perfect Respect Your obedt Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.