Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Mease, 29 June 1801

To James Mease

Washington June 29. 1801.

Th: Jefferson presents his thanks to Doctr. Mease for the two pamphlets. that part of his proposition which relates to the union of chemistry with domestic arts is very interesting indeed. baking, brewing, wine vinegar, [soap,] butter, cheese, [fixing?] liquors, hatching of eggs with a long train of &c . &c . are subjects of which the chemistry1 is as little known as it is of more worth in common life than all the residue of that field of that science put together. Dr. Pennington had given us hopes that science could at length be applied to domestic use: but death put off those hopes. Th:J. will be happy to see the school of Philadelphia engaged in what will carry the value of philosophy home to the head & heart of every housekeeper. he prays Doctr. Mease to accept his salutations & respect.

PrC (DLC); faint.

Mease sent Pamphlets with his letter to TJ of 23 June.

TJ owned a copy of a book by John Penington (Pennington), Chemical and Economical Essays, Designed to Illustrate the Connection between the Theory and Practice of Chemistry, and the Application of that Science to some of the Arts and Manufactures of the United States of America (Philadelphia, 1790; Sowerby description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends , No. 847).

1Word interlined in place of “philosophy.”

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