Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from DeWitt Clinton, [24 October 1803]

From DeWitt Clinton

[24 Oct. 1803]

Mr Clinton’s compliments to the President and sends him at the request of the owner of the Quarry a specimen of black marble a large quarry of which has been discovered at Marbletown Ulster County about 100 miles North of New York and 10 west of the Hudson River

RC (MHi); undated; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Oct. 1803.

Located about ten miles southwest of Kingston, New York, marbletown was noted for its abundance of “a superior quality, finely clouded” marble, which quarried well and received a high polish. In 1805, a stone cutter in New York City advertised “real Black Marble, beautifully variegated” from New York State, which was superior to that imported (Horatio Gates Spafford, A Gazetteer of the State of New-York [Albany, 1813], 109-10, 230-1; New York Daily Advertiser, 28 Aug. 1805).

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