Thomas Jefferson Papers

Hugh Holmes to Thomas Jefferson, 10 March 1819

From Hugh Holmes

Winchr march 10th 1819

Dear Sir

This days mail brought me your favor of the 4th inst on the subject of the corn shelling machine—I had anticipated your wishes last fall in a few days after I had the pleasure of seeing you at monticello by ordering ten of these machines to be made and sent to Charlottesville to the care of mr Kelly—one for yourself, for Colo Randolph, Govr Barbour and mr Divers one each—I saw Mr Blackford about the 22nd of last month and enquired whether they had been sent on—he replied that he had been waiting as well as I recollect for more patent licenses from the Patentee residing at Pittsburg, but was in daily expectation of receiving them and his furnace being nearly ready to blow he would loose no time in having them made and forwarded—I shall write him tomorrow—we shall be at no trouble about the conveyance The Iron masters (Messrs Blackford & Arthurs of Shenandoah) will send one of their own waggons without any additional expence unless they have altered their terms—Mr Madison and Colo Lindsay paid but $30 and their machines were delivered by the companys waggons at orange Ct House—the draft on your mercht I return because altho equal to cash and convertable into it through the Banks at this place, it is not necessary as a preliminary to the obtaining the machines—when the machines are sent on I can call at monticello & receive either the money or a similar draft, if your funds should be in Richmond which will answer every purpose—You see how these patent rights embarrass our citizens—but for such right you would have had your machine before your last corn crop was gathered—I am nevertheless not disposed to quarrel with this one as in my opinion it is among the best improvements for which any patent has lately issued—I would not be without it for $500 and it costs only $30.

I feel very much obliged to you for the letter to mr Cathalan—I believe I shall now get the wine of Nice & Bergass but you would doubt it upon hearing the channel mentioned—I was dining with Colo monroe last month and after making some enquiries about the mode of remittance shewed him your letter—he put it in his pocket & observed he could manage the business for himself & me too—the letter to our consul I calculate will at least be a jog memory.   With great regard and esteem I am dear Sir

your affece friend

Hh Holmes

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: enclosure to TJ to Holmes, 4 Mar. 1819.

The patentee was Hugh Gallagher, of Pittsburgh, who had been issued a patent for an “Improvement on Zena Phinney’s cornsheller” on 29 Oct. 1818 (List of Patents description begins A List of Patents granted by the United States from April 10, 1790, to December 31, 1836, 1872 description ends , 195).

Index Entries

  • agriculture; corn-shelling machines search
  • Arthur Blackford & Company (Shenandoah Co. firm) search
  • Barbour, James; and corn-shelling machines search
  • Bergasse, Henry search
  • Blackford, Benjamin search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ’s friends search
  • corn; as crop search
  • corn; machine for shelling search
  • Divers, George; and corn-shelling machines search
  • Gallagher, Hugh search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Holmes, Hugh; and corn-shelling machines search
  • Holmes, Hugh; and wine from S. Cathalan search
  • Holmes, Hugh; letters from search
  • Holmes, Hugh; proposed visit to Monticello search
  • Holmes, Hugh; visits Monticello search
  • Kelly, John; and corn-shelling machines search
  • Lindsay, Reuben; and corn-shelling machines search
  • machines; corn-shelling search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and corn-shelling machines search
  • Monroe, James; and wine search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Holmes, Hugh search
  • Nice; wine from search
  • patents; of H. Gallagher search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and corn-shelling machines search
  • wagons; and transportation of corn-shelling machines search
  • wine; for TJ’s friends search
  • wine; of Nice search