To Thomas Pinckney
Philadelphia Oct. 22. 1792.
The bearer hereof, Mr. Saml. G. Dorr, of Albany, an ingenious citizen of these states, who has invented a machine for shearing cloth, proposing to go to England, I take the liberty of making him known to you, and of asking your countenance and protection to him should he on any occasion be in need of them. I have the honour to be with great respect & esteem, Sir Your most obedt. & most humble servt
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “T. Pinckney esquire.”
Two days before this letter was written Dorr received a patent for a machine described as “‘The wheel of knives,’ for shearing & raising the nap on cloths” (List of Patents, description begins A List of Patents granted by the United States from April 10, 1792, to December 31, 1836, Washington, D.C., 1872 description ends 6).