Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Anthony Dey, 8 December 1821

To Anthony Dey

Monto Dec. 8. 21.

I thank you, Sir, for the informn yo[u] are so kind as to give me of the invention for breaking & dressing flax & hemp. it is a great invention and will tend to restor[e] those plants to a rivalship again with cotton, the facility of whose manipuln had promised to bring it into almost exclusive use. I presume the public paper[s] will soon inform us of the cost & means of procuring the machine for commo[n] use. accept my respectful salutns.

FC (DLC); on verso of RC of Dey to TJ, 20 Nov. 1821; in TJ’s hand; edge damaged.

Index Entries

  • cotton; manufactures from search
  • crops; flax search
  • crops; hemp search
  • Dey, Anthony; and machine for preparing flax and hemp search
  • Dey, Anthony; letter to search
  • flax; preparation of search
  • hemp; preparation of search
  • machines; flax and hemp preparation search