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Rufus Morgan to Thomas Jefferson, 21 May 1809

From Rufus Morgan

Speedwell Iron Works Wythe County Virginia May 21t 1809

Dear Sir

Your retiring from public1 life will I hope enable you to attend to matters of small importance, which still may leed to public utility.

I have it in contemplation to establish a Nail Manufactory, and knowing that you once carried on that business, I have taken the liberty of requesting your Idea of it. Whether it is proffitable, and if you are disposed to sell your tools and Machinery, if so, your price.

I remain Dear Sir yours with Esteem

Rufus Morgan

RC (MHi); between dateline and salutation: “Mr Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 June 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

Rufus Morgan (1781–1826) was born in Connecticut but settled in Virginia before moving to Roane County, Tennessee. In December 1808 he began a brief involvement with the Speedwell Iron Works as foreman under the firm of King, Trigg, & Morgan (John A. Whitman, The Iron Industry of Wythe County from 1792 [1935], 5–7; Mary B. Kegley, Glimpses of Wythe County, Virginia [1986], 126; Walter H. Cunyus, “Morgan and allied families records” [1969 typescript at Vi]).

1Manuscript: “bublic,” here and later in sentence.

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