Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Barton, 26 March 1793 [document added in digital edition]

To William Barton

Mar. 26 93.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Barton and informs him that the letter addressed to him was left at the house of Th:J. during his absence, he knows not by whom. a box was left at the same time for the Philosophical society, which he presented at the last meeting. it contained a paste-board almanac only, somewhat in the style of those mr Barton may have seen. the society, desired mr Peele to take it & keep it in his museum.

RC (William Reese Company, New Haven, Connecticut, 2009); addressed: “Mr. William Barton 36. N. 5.”

Barton was seeking a box sent by Rodolph Vall-Travers (Barton to TJ, 25 Mch. 1793). The box may have contained specimens to accompany a description, forwarded by Vall-Travers and received by the American Philosophical Society at a meeting on 15 Mch., of “A new method of Carding, Spinning & Weaving raw Hemp.” Also included was a French perpetual calendar (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Proceedings, 22, pt. 3 [1884], 213-14).

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