Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Mease to Thomas Jefferson, 27 July 1814

From James Mease

Philada July 27th 1814.

Dear Sir

I am much obliged by your history of the Robinson Apple; I read it at the last Stated meeting of the Agric. Soc: on the 12th inst and regret that your absence prevented my receiving it at a more early date, as I wished to insert it in the third vol: of the memoirs of the Soc: now publishing. I fear the number of papers is complete, for it, but should it be possible, I will insert it. The knowledge of the apple should be spread extensively: Mr Cox of Burlington procured Some grafts, and has now the apples on his farm.—

I have the pleasure to send you a printed specification of the patent of Janes for his newly invented loom which is now in operation in this City. I visited the manufactory established by the person who has bought the right of this State, and of those to the south; and was much gratified:—He Says a loom will Cost about $50.—We may Say with respect to the loom what the French Soc: of Agric. said of your plough,—America Received the loom from Europe, and returned it perfected.—

Accept my Sincere esteem—

James Mease

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Tho. Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Aug. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in TJ to Thomas Ritchie, 15 Aug. 1814, and Ritchie to TJ, 9 Oct. 1814. Extract, consisting of second paragraph except for the sentence giving the cost, printed in Richmond Enquirer, 20 Aug. 1814. Enclosure not found.

Index Entries

  • apples; Taliaferro (Robinson) search
  • Coxe, William; as orchardist search
  • food; apples search
  • Janes, Walter; loom of search
  • looms search
  • Mease, James; and W. Janes’s loom search
  • Mease, James; letters from search
  • Mease, James; on apples search
  • Memoirs of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture search
  • Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture; Memoirs search
  • plows.; TJ’s moldboard search
  • Société d’agriculture du département de la Seine; and moldboard plows search
  • Taliaferro apple (Robinson apple) search