Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Henry Knox, 22 July 1791

To Henry Knox

Philadelphia July 22. 1791.

Dear Sir

It having been agreed among us at a former session of the board of arts that the descriptions to be inserted in patents should be handed to us separately at our lodgings to be examined at leisure and approved with or without amendments, I now hand on to you the inclosed which came to me from the Attorney General who had proposed some amendments to them; I have also proposed some of a trifling nature, merely to render the construction clearer, which are pencilled only, in my hand writing. We have endorsed on each our separate examination. When you shall have been so good as to have examined also, and proposed any amendments you may wish, if there be no material difference among us, Mr. Remsen will prepare a description accomodated to what shall appear to be agreed, and present it to us on Saturday next at our meeting. If there be a material diversity, it will await our meeting. I trouble you with this explanation, because the inclosed are the first which have been offered since we agreed on this plan. Hereafter they shall be sent you with a simple sketch of the amendments only.—Your’s respectfully & affectionately,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC). Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found, but it was presumably the description of Jonathan Dickerson’s improvement in tide mills to be inserted in

the patent. At the meeting on “Saturday next”—30 July 1791—Dickerson was granted his patent, the only one issued on that date.

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