Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jones & Howell, 6 December 1811

To Jones & Howell

Poplar Forest Dec. 6. 11.

Messrs Jones & Howell

Be pleased to send me, before the closing of your river, 1. ton of nail rod, in which let there be a single bundle of half-crown rod, and the rest assorted for from 20d down to 6d nails also a quarter of a ton of toughest Swedish iron in bars from the size of a gigg axletree down to the small sizes, and one hundred weight of hoop iron for cut 4d nails.

I am told there is a patent auger for boring holes in the ground for post & rail fencing, which may be had in Philadelphia you will oblige me by sending one of the largest, if they are made of different sizes. the remittance for the above will be made in 90. days from the shipment as has been our usage. Accept the assurances of my respect.

Th: Jefferson

consign to Gibson & Jefferson at Richmond as usual.

PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

Missing letters from Benjamin Jones to TJ of 15 Dec. 1811 and 28 Jan. 1812, recorded in SJL as received from Philadelphia on 25 Dec. 1811 and 4 Feb. 1812, apparently informed TJ that Jones & Howell could not then supply him with nail rod and swedish iron (TJ to Jones, 17 June 1812). On 7 Nov. 1811 Anthony Butler, of Vermont, patented an auger “for boring posts” (List of Patents description begins A List of Patents granted by the United States from April 10, 1790, to December 31, 1836, 1872 description ends , 102).

Index Entries

  • augers; TJ orders search
  • Butler, Anthony; patents auger search
  • carpentry tools; auger search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and building materials acquired by TJ search
  • Jones, Benjamin; letters from accounted for search
  • Jones & Howell (Philadelphia firm); letters to search
  • Jones & Howell (Philadelphia firm); TJ orders auger from search
  • Jones & Howell (Philadelphia firm); TJ orders nailrod and iron stock from search
  • naileries; nailrod and iron stock search
  • patents; of A. Butler search
  • tools; auger search