Thomas Jefferson Papers

Henry Foxall to Thomas Jefferson, 12 October 1811

From Henry Foxall

George Town Octr 12–1811

Respected Sir

The time that has Elapsd since you last wrote me, and my silence on the Subject of the Stove, of which you sent me the moddal1 must have caused you to suppose that I had neglected it all together—However I have made a pattren2 therefrom and have cast two Stoves from the same—I have no doubt but your very high Opinion of their Utility will be fully realized—I have put one of them up in my Blacksmiths Shop—and Connected thereto a small length of pipe without its being attatched to a chimney—I find that a few Minuits with a small quantity of wood is Sufficient to give it a considerable heat, fare greater, with the same quantity of wood, then anything of the stove kind, I have ever been acquainted with—I have no doubt but the flue which I have connected to it, will be of great utility if properly used, but this must never be used untill the wood is intirely burned down to a Coal, and the smoke compleatly gone of—

I have made the pattern for the Stove (the outsides thereof) of Square pannel work, I think it looks Neat tho plain— Mr Whann Cashier of the Bank of Columbia has purchased one of them, and is now puting it up in the office of Pay and Deposite, in the Treasurey office—he says it is neater then it would be, were it ornamented with figures—However my object was first to assertain its usefulness, and whether I had hit, on the best size to make them, and what alteration on the pattern would be Necessary if any was required—These perticulars I thought it best first to assertain, before I went to too great expence in the pattern in as much as the Expence as it now stands was considerable, but I am much pleased to find that on trial I at present see no Necessity to make any chaing or alteration, except one of a larger Size Might be preferable for a very large Room and in that case, I presume two of the present, would be better then one much larger—

The price I charge for them is $40—They amount to this sum at the common price of Castings of the same kind, adding the expence of Smith work in fitting them up,—thereto,—I will thank you to say if you wish one sent on to you; and if so, in what way would you like to have it sent—whether you have pipe suitable or can obtain it, or whether you would wish me to obtain it here if so, what length of straight pipe, and whether any Elbow pipe would be wanting—Your wishes in the above perticulars shall be promptly Complied with by

Respected Sir Your Obliged & very humble Servt

Hen:y Foxall

RC (MHi); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Oct. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

1Word interlined in place of “pattern.”

2Word interlined in place of “<pattern> modal.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of Columbia search
  • Foxall, Henry; and Swedish stove search
  • Foxall, Henry; letters from search
  • household articles; stoves search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Swedish stove for search
  • stoves; Swedish search
  • Whann, William; buys stove search