To Richard Fitzhugh
Monticello May 27. 13
Your favor of the 9th has been safely recieved, together with the packet of Ravensworth peas. these are now in the ground, & will abundantly supply me with seed for the next year. I will not therefore give to yourself or mr Eppes the trouble of adding to my supply.
I cannot promise myself ever taking a journey so far Northwardly again, but were it to happen, I should certainly take your friendly mansion and family in my way. I am now more happily employed than in travelling post, and am particularly engaged in those pursuits in which mrs Fitzhugh and yourself have been ever eminent; I mean in domestic manufactures. we have in our family (including my daughter’s) three spinning Jennies agoing, of 24. & 40. spindles each which can spin 11. pounds of coarse cotton a day, and our looms fixed with flying shuttles, which altho’ they do not perform the miracles ascribed to them, do, I think, double the effect of the common loom. we still want carding machines in our neighborhood working at such moderate prices as to relieve us from hand-carding. with this convenience, the clothing our family would be a thing really of neither trouble nor expence. even without this additional aid, the labour is a very light one.
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Richard Fitzhugh esq.”; endorsed by TJ.
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