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When at Monticello in September last, on looking over some military books; in a work of Marshal Saxe’s, he suggests the idea of a bridle for the use of Cavalry, which he thought might be formed so as to command a horse, without having any thing in the mouth. The very great advantages which wou’d be derived from such a contrivance, made so strong an impression upon my mind, that I determined to...
I have duly recieved your letter of the 10th. mentioning the invention of a bridle having the advantage of not going into the horse’s mouth. You know of course you can have a patent for the use of it on the terms mentioned in the patent law. in the event of the Secretary at War’s approving it, & wishing to make use of it, it would become a question whether he could give a price for permission...
Accept my most sincere thanks for your attention to my letter of the 10th Inst, and believe that I am grateful for your goodness, in allowing me to forward the bridle to you. You will find the the workmanship was badly executed; the nose band ought to have a hinge in the middle; by which it shoud be regulated so as to fit any horse, but the ith was so awkward that I wou’d not have it; and the...
Will you be so good as to send me two gross of your beer jugs; the one gross to be quart jugs, and the other pottle d o . they are to be delivered to a mr William Johnson a waterman of Milton , who will apply for them about a week hence. mr Gibson will be so good as to pay for them on your presenting this letter. they should be packed in crates, or old hogsheads or such other cheap package as...
My best workman was in New york when I recieved your letter; he returned yesterday, and will make your jugs next week, when they shall be forwarded agreable to your directions. RC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “Th s Jefferson Esq r ”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Feb. 1814 and so recorded in SJL .
I am now engaged in brewing a year’s supply of malt strong beer, which however I have no chance of saving but by a supply of quart jugs from you. I recieved (I think) 10½ dozen. and must ask the favor of 4. gross more for which mr Gibson will pay your bill. be so good as to inform me when they will be ready. if lodged at mr Gibson’s I will direct a waterman on whom I can rely to call for them....
By the return of the governors boat I have taken the liberty of sending six barrels of the waterproof cement, the materials of which, were first discovered by my father on the James, and York rivers. previous to its use, the cement should be made moist throughout, with clean water, in which state it must remain two or three days, to give time for the lime to slack perfectly: then it must be...
The governor left town so immediately after my return from Monticello that I had only time to send you two small specimens of the shale; the one burnt. The other as it was taken from the earth. I now send by M r Cabell some more pieces for your inspection, the difference of colour is produced by the degree of heat. The powder in the papers sent by the boat man are of the same material. The one...
The governor tells me that the cement which I sent you did not answer at all. From the circumstance of all our tryals with it being successful, and the very same material as that sent in the barrels, being considered equal to the imported cement, by the workmen on the canal at Columbia S o Carolina; I am induced to believe that the failure was occasiond by the want of proper management in the...
Your favor of Apr. 10. was recieved in due time as had been some time before the 6. barrels of water proof cement from you. I had already laid in as much Roman cement as did my 2 d & 3 d Cisterns, with a barrel surplus towards the 4 th and last. the 2 d and 3 d were done under the superintendance of mr Coffee, and with perfect success. we opened a barrel of yours and he tried several fair and...
The six barrels of hydraulic cement were sent to you with a belief that they would answer the purpose for which it was intended, and be useful to you in the construction of your cisterns. I am sorry that you are affraid to hazard the success of it in the cistern, and request you to use them in any way that you may think proper. Perhaps you may have occasion to use it at the Mill. Maj r Gibbon...