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William Thornton to Thomas Jefferson, 2 August 1814

From William Thornton

City of Washington 2d Augst 1814.—

Dear sir

I had this Day the honor of your Letter of the 23d Ulto inclosing Janes’s Papers, which came in safety.—At the same time I received the inclosed Letter from Janes, and wrote immediately to Mr George Greer of Baltimore to know his Terms.—I enclose a Copy of my Letter to him, & shall transmit his answer as soon as received. I should have written to Mr Clopper, but do not know where he is at present.—I should not have failed to have sent you a Copy of each of the annual lists of Patents, but they were only accidentally received even in my Office, & it was considered next to a favour to grant me a single copy.—I offered to revise the whole, & bring them into a smaller compass, if the Congress would have them reprinted, but they refused; wishing really, without making the proper & necessary expenditures, to draw from the Office a revenue.—My labours encrease so much, that the office brings in about 7000 Dolls now, & when I undertook it the receipts amounted to only abt 1400—& tho’ I recd after the receipts doubled 2000 Dolls the Congress have not appropriated more than 1400 for several years back; so that I am worse situated than I was twenty years ago—having then 1600 Dolls which were equal to 2500 Dolls now—I am dear Sir with the highest respect & consideration Yr &c

William Thornton—

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Honorble Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Aug. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; on verso of TJ to Peter Cottom, 17 Aug. 1814; addressed: “Honorable Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Washington, 4 Aug.

Index Entries

  • Clopper, Francis C.; patent agent search
  • Greer, George; as patent agent search
  • Janes, Walter; loom of search
  • looms search
  • machines; loom search
  • Patent Office, U.S.; congressional support of search
  • Patent Office, U.S.; reports of search
  • patents; of W. Janes search
  • Thornton, William; as patent office superintendent search
  • Thornton, William; letters from search