Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Foushee to Thomas Jefferson, 2 August 1812

From William Foushee

Richmond 2d Augt 1812.

Dear Sir,

I feel confident you will readily pardon the Liberty I take in mentioning that Mr Benjn J. Harris, a very respectable inhabitant of Richmond, & an ingenious native citizen of Virginia, with means adequate, contemplates the erection of manufacturing machinery upon a large Scale, as you may Judge, when I assure you he has Contracted, with the James River Company, to pay annually fifteen=Hundred Dollars for the rent of water.—He wishes I understand to consult you on two points, to wit, making the Buildings, which will be very Costly, Fire Proof within as well as without:—& the Supplying the Situation, in the most Convenient Places, with Sweet, wholesome & Cool water, by means of Filtration & Refrigeration; he will give you his ideas on these points & as he considers them both new, will feel himself1 under much Obligation for your Opinion on the plans he proposes.—

& am, Dr Sir, with the utmost Esteem & respect, Your Mo Obt Servt

W: Foushee

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 6 Aug. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

1Word interlined.

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  • Foushee, William; letters from search
  • Foushee, William; recommends B. Harris search
  • Harris, Benjamin James; inventions of search
  • inventions; fireproof ceiling search
  • inventions; water filtration system search
  • James River Company search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; and B. J. Harris’s manufacturing business search