Thomas Jefferson Papers

Hugh Nelson to Thomas Jefferson, 30 January 1817

From Hugh Nelson

Washington Jany 30. 18171

Dear Sir,

The enclosed letter came under cover to me with a request that I woud forward it to you. It is said to be from a Mr Sullivan son of the late Genl Sullivan, and relates to some improvement in steam boat navigation adapted to shoal waters. It may be an invention of some utility relative to our internal navigation—

I have the Honor to be yr o. St

Hugh Nelson

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: John L. Sullivan to TJ, 17 Jan. 1817.

1Reworked from “1816.”

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  • boats; steamboats search
  • Nelson, Hugh; forwards letter search
  • Nelson, Hugh; letters from search
  • steamboats; for U.S. river navigation search
  • Sullivan, James; family of search
  • Sullivan, John Langdon; promotes inland navigation search
  • Sullivan, John Langdon; steam towboat of search