Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James W. Wallace, 20 August 1814

To James W. Wallace

Monticello Aug. 20. 14.

Dear Sir

I am very thankful to yourself and particularly so to mrs Wallace for the trouble you have been so kind as to take with mr Mason’s present of homespun. I sent to Culpeper C.H. a few days ago and recieved it safely, as I did also the fish-saw for which my Hall is indebted to you as for many previous curiosities. mrs Mason’s work puts us all to shame, for as yet we have not attempted beyond the coarse cloathing of our people. we hope however shortly to try something higher: but not in flax; there is no thinking of the single thread of that wheel after using Jennies from 24. to 40. threads.—we have been in hopes of seeing you here, and the more so as our most promising is absent on a tour of militia duty. we are in hourly expectation of great news from the lakes, but whether good or bad will perhaps depend on the state of Chauncey’s fever, who I fear has been forced by public impatience before either his body or mind are sufficiently reinforced for such an encounter. Accept my friendly & respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Dr Wallace”; endorsed by TJ.

The most promising physician was Frank Carr (see Carr to TJ, 31 July 1814). Commodore Isaac Chauncey had a fever for eighteen days starting late in July 1814 (New-York Spectator, 14 Sept. 1814).

Index Entries

  • Carr, Frank; as physician search
  • Chauncey, Isaac; U.S. Navy commodore search
  • flax; spinning of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; domestic manufacturing search
  • machines; spinning jenny search
  • manufacturing, household; cloth search
  • manufacturing, household; TJ on search
  • Mason, Elizabeth Beltzhoover (John T. Mason’s wife); sends textile samples to TJ search
  • Mason, John Thomson (1765–1824); and domestic manufacturing search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Entrance Hall search
  • spinning jennies search
  • textiles; home manufacture of search
  • Wallace, Elizabeth Edmonds (James W. Wallace’s wife); and package for TJ search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; and package for TJ search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; letters to search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; sends saw of a fish to TJ search
  • War of1812; TJ on search