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From Thomas Jefferson to George White, 18 August 1805

Monticello Aug. 18. 05

Sir

I have recieved the specimens of straw-plaiting which you were so kind as to inclose & learn with satisfaction the possibility that you may establish the manufacture in some of the states. but the distribution of powers by our general & state constitutions has placed in the general government no authority to embark in or to encourage any in particular. the state governments can do it; but they generally leave them to individual enterprize, trusting that the sagacity of private interest will generally discover those pursuits which may be entered on to advantage. Accept my salutations & respects.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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