Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Rounsavell, 23 March 1801

To Andrew Rounsavell

Washington Mar. 23. 1801.


I am sincerely sorry it is not in my power to attend to the explanation of your invention for raising water. but my duties to the public now require that I deny myself every gratification of that kind, however fond of it from inclination. objects of a very different nature require the whole of my time & attention, & the whole is not sufficient. I hope you will be so good as to accept of this apology with the candor with which it is made. I am Sir

your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Andrew Rounsavell.”

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