Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Lee, 8 January 1818

To William Lee

Monticello Jan. 8. 18.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Dec. 15. has been duly recieved, as was at the same time one from mr Keller to whom you have turned over the direction of the company of stocking weavers. having no part in the business respecting mr Stewart’s being taught, except having offered a voluntary contribution for his benefit, without taking any concern in the company, I could only refer mr Keller’s letter to them, and their answer for him. this is done in the inclosed, which is left open for your perusal. the change has been unlucky for mr Stewart from your patriotic views, to mr Keller from whom we were not entitled to expect such; but who, on the contrary will find difficulties enough to struggle with for his establishment, without increasing them by liberalities for which we have no claim,1 on him. I pray you to have the letter delivered to him and to be assured of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Joseph G. Heyn, Minneapolis, 1945); conclusion of letter, clipped, supplied from PoC. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Adams to TJ, 10 Oct. 1817; at foot of text: “Wm Lee esq.”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Jonas Keller, 8 Jan. [1818], and enclosure.

1RC ends here.

Index Entries

  • Charlottesville, Va.; weavers needed in search
  • Dinsmore, James; and weaver for Charlottesville search
  • Garrett, Alexander; and weaver for Charlottesville search
  • Keller, Jonas; and C. Stewart’s apprenticeship search
  • Keller, Jonas; weaving enterprise of search
  • Lee, William (1772–1840); and C. Stewart’s apprenticeship search
  • Lee, William (1772–1840); letters to search
  • Lee, William (1772–1840); weaving enterprise of search
  • Leitch, James; and weaver search
  • Stewart, Charles; apprenticeship of search
  • textiles; and weaving search
  • textiles; manufacturing search
  • Washington, D.C.; Washington Stocking Knit Factory search
  • Washington Stocking Knit Factory search