Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Ebenezer Herrick, 16 June 1812

To Ebenezer Herrick

Monticello June 16. 12.


Your letter of Mar. 24. did not come to hand till Apr. 8. and on1 the next day I wrote an answer to it, but not having heard from you since, I apprehend the letter has miscarried. the purport of the answer was to desire you to have the Spinning machine sent to mr Gelston Collector of N.Y. under my address, to be forwarded to Messrs Gibson & Jefferson, merchts at Richmond who would recieve it and pay all expences of freight Etc. and to do this with as little delay as possible, as my spinning establishment is waiting for it. another reason for dispatch is the daily increasing danger of the passage by sea. when you dispatch it, be so good as to drop me a line by post that I may take measures to have it brought from Richmond the moment of it’s arrival. Accept the assurance of my respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Ebenezer Herrick West Stockbridge viâ Hudson in N. York”; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “one.”

Index Entries

  • Gelston, David; forwards spinning machine to TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and textile machinery acquired by TJ search
  • Herrick, Ebenezer; and Domestic Spinner (spinning machine) search
  • Herrick, Ebenezer; letters to search
  • machines; spinning search
  • spinning machines; TJ orders search