Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Hezekiah Niles, 19 January 1817

To Hezekiah Niles

Monticello Jan. 19. 17.


Accept my thanks for the specimen you have been so kind as to send me of the new preparation of mucilaginous substances for clarifying liquors. it is in the neatness of the manner of preparation, and equality of distribution on catgut, I suppose, that what there is of invention in it consists; as the clarifying powers of the mucilages, animal and vegetable, have been always known.

I am sorry it is not in my power to assist you with any thi[ng] towards the collection of revolutionary speeches proposed by your correspondent in the Register [of] Nov. 23. I did not even know of the existence in print of thos[e h]e mentions. if I ever possessed any they have all gone with my li[bra]ry to Congress, and my memory does not enable me even to ref[er] to them. if such a collection can be made to any extent, there can be no doubt of it’s value; but where the materials are to be f[o]und I am entirely ignorant. Accept my friendly and re[s]pectful salutations

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; edge chipped; torn at crease; at foot of text: “Mr Niles”; endorsed by TJ.

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