Thomas Jefferson Papers

V. Thomas Jefferson to Gabriel Henno, 4 December 1791

V. Thomas Jefferson to Gabriel Henno

Philadelphia Dec. 4. 1791.


Tho Your observations on manufactures came to my hands long ago, and were considered as entirely worthy of communication to the public, yet it is not till lately that I have been able to have them so communicated. I inclose you the gazettes containing them, wherein you will see that the printer has taken the liberty of omitting some passages which he considered as matter of embellishment rather than of substance. His object was to save space in his paper, he thinks also that it is thereby more accomodated to the taste of his readers.—I am with great consideration Sir Your most obedt. humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Gabriel Henno, chez Monsr. Louis Maniere New London.”

Although Henno had requested an immediate reply so that he might know whether to proceed with his research, TJ waited four months before responding. It seems clear that he did so in order to place the essay in the National Gazette rather than in some other paper.

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