Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Ebenezer Herrick, 2 July 1812

To Ebenezer Herrick

Monticello July 2. 12.


Your favor of June 19. came to hand yesterday, and I this day include your 3. dollars for cartage in a small remittance I make to mr Gelston to meet other petty charges. but you must have the goodness to direct some friend going to N. York to call on mr Gelston for the 3.D. he has retained the machine for further orders on account of the danger of capture by sea: but I desire him to risk it, and if it is taken I must apply to you for another, & try another chance. it is the smallness and presumed simplicity of this machine which makes me anxious to get it, as I expect it will best suit the situation of a family in the country. we have Jennies, & mules & Arkwright’s machines in the neighborhood so that I suppose we shall be able to understand yours. Accept my best wishes & respects.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Profiles in History, Beverly Hills, Calif., 2006); addressed: “Mr Ebenezer Herrick West Stockbridge Massachus. by the way of New York & Hudson”; franked; postmarked Milton, 2 July 1812; endorsed by Herrick, in part: “July 16 1812,” possibly indicating date of receipt. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Arkwright, Sir Richard; spinning jenny of search
  • Herrick, Ebenezer; and Domestic Spinner (spinning machine) search
  • Herrick, Ebenezer; letters to search
  • machines; mules search
  • machines; spinning jenny search
  • manufacturing, household; spinning jennies search
  • mules (textile machines) search
  • spinning jennies search