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Thomas Jefferson to Eleuthère I. du Pont de Nemours, 30 April 1812

To Eleuthère I. du Pont de Nemours

Monticello Apr. 30. 12.

Dear Sir

After having expected for some time that you would be so kind as to inform me of the amount of the keg of powder you sent me, that I might remit it to you, I wrote to you on the 4th of Nov. last, requesting that favor, & that you would add to it the amount of a similar envoy of powder to be forwarded to me, that both parcels might be paid for in one remittance. I had not then learnt the unfortunate accident of the explosion which probably prevented my recieving the second supply. having occasion to make a remittance to mr Barnes of Geo. town, I have included in it 50.D. which I have requested him to forward to you on account of the supply before recieved, and of the second now asked of 25.℔ of powder, of which ½ doz.℔ to be in cannisters for shooting, the rest for blowing rock, a great deal of which work I am to commence immediately, & will therefore ask you to send it without delay to Messrs Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond.

I shall shear this year, 3. fleeces only of imported Merinos, their wool of 1st quality, and about 15. of half blood. I have understood you are concerned in a manufactory of cloth, and will recieve one’s wool, have it spun, wove & dyed for an equivalent in the wool. I should be very glad to get mine into so good hands. will you be so kind as to inform me more particularly on this subject. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (DeGH: Belin, Du Pont, and Copeland Family Papers); addressed: “E. I. Dupont esquire Eleutherian Mills near Wilmington Delaware”; franked; postmarked Milton, 7 May 1812; endorsed by du Pont. PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

On 19 Oct. 1811 the pounding mill at du Pont’s gunpowder factory was damaged by an explosion triggered when someone “introduced into one of the mortars an iron ball” two inches in diameter. A $1,500 reward was offered for information leading to the identification of the culprit (New York Mercantile Advertiser, 25 Oct. 1811; John Beverley Riggs, A Guide to the Manuscripts in the Eleutherian Mills Historical Library [1970], unpaginated chronology).

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; as TJ’s agent search
  • du Pont de Nemours, Eleuthère Irénée; and merino sheep search
  • du Pont de Nemours, Eleuthère Irénée; explosion at factory search
  • du Pont de Nemours, Eleuthère Irénée; gunpowder of search
  • du Pont de Nemours, Eleuthère Irénée; letters to search
  • du Pont de Nemours, Eleuthère Irénée; TJ pays search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and gunpowder acquired by TJ search
  • gunpowder; TJ orders search
  • merino sheep; wool of search
  • wool; dyeing of search
  • wool; spinning of search