Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Theodorus Bailey and David Gelston, 9 April 1812

To Theodorus Bailey and David Gelston

Monticello Apr. 9. 12.

Dear Sir

I have written to a mr Ebenezer Herrick of West Stockbridge Mass. for a Spinning machine of his invention which he writes me he can more handily send to N. York than to any other port. I have taken the liberty to say to him that if he will commit it to you, you will be so kind as to have it embarked on board some vessel bound to Richmond. should any expence attend this, messieurs Gibson and Jefferson of Richmond, who will recieve the machine will pay it to the Captain.

I had also written to a mr Oliver Barrett of your state for a spinning machine of a different invention by himself. but he, I expect, has some correspondent of his own at N. York who will see to the shipping it. I avail myself always with pleasure of every occasion of assuring you of my continued esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Grace Floyd Delafield Robinson, Greenport, N.Y., 1947); addressed: “David Gelston esquire New York”; franked; endorsed by Gelston. PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Genl Bailey”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Bailey, even though this text is the PoC of the Gelston RC. Recorded in SJL only as a letter to Bailey.

Index Entries

  • Bailey, Theodorus; and spinning machines search
  • Bailey, Theodorus; letters to search
  • Barrett, Oliver; spinning machine of search
  • Gelston, David; collector at New York search
  • Gelston, David; letters to search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and textile machinery acquired by TJ search
  • Herrick, Ebenezer; and Domestic Spinner (spinning machine) search
  • machines; spinning search
  • New York (city); collector at search
  • spinning machines; TJ orders search