Thomas Jefferson Papers

Recommendation of William McClure by Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Mann Randolph, 12 March 1814

Recommendation of
William McClure by Thomas Jefferson
and Thomas Mann Randolph

The bearer Wm Mclure removed from N.C. to this neighborhood under an engagement to instruct us in the use of the Spinning Jenny. several of these machines have been made by him & by our own workmen, and our Spinners are taught to use them so completely as to ensure our being able to clothe our own people by the labor of a few of the least useful of them. his principal profession is that of weaving, of which we have no other experience than his having taught some of our people to weave single & double cloth, being all our wants have hitherto called for. he has lived here between 2. & 3. years and I have found him to be an honest, disinterested man, good humored, accomodating and sober. I have thought it a duty, at his request, to state these truths


PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); entirely in TJ’s hand; endorsed by TJ: “Mclure Wm”; with wax seal on verso. Not recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • machines; spinning jenny search
  • manufacturing, household; cloth search
  • manufacturing, household; spinning jennies search
  • McClure (McLure), William; recommended by TJ and T. M. Randolph search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); domestic manufacturing at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); weaving at search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); recommends W. McClure search
  • slaves; and textile manufacturing search
  • textiles; home manufacture of search