Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Hylton, 25 May 1793

From William Hylton

Hampton Virginia 25 May 1793


An opportunity from hence this morning enables me to forward the Letters inclosed—with two samples of Rich Neck oak. One of them (from the haste in which they have been procured, by an ignorant plantation Carpenter) appears to be from a young Tree; and has a large portion of Sap; with a Dote in it. But as the Forest abounds with this species of any requisite size for the navy—no doubt their specific gravity will increase with their age and size.

Permit me sir to add herewith, a few of the Circular Letters, I have had suddenly printed for the Company; to be transmitted abroad. Your honoring them with your aid to such purpose will be most gratefully acknowledged by them and particularly by sir Your very obliged obt. svt.

Wm. Hylton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 5 June 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

The Letters inclosed were William Foushee to TJ, 23 May 1793, and Daniel L. Hylton to TJ, 24 May 1793. dote: decay in wood or timber. The Circular letter has not been found.

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