Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Anthony Dey, 20 November 1821

New York Corner Nassau & Cedar St. 20 November 1821


Altho’ you have retired from public life, yet I have supposed, the great interests of our Country are very near your heart that you would be gratified with hearing of the success of American Agriculture—& the native genius of our country men in Mechanism—

under those impressions I have taken the liberty of enclosing you a Sample of flax— the plant of which grew upon my farm in New Jersey, which consists principally of reclaimed Salt Meadow—& was dressed in an enrotted State in a machine invented by a native american.

The Machine is Constructed to go by animal or water power & is estimated to dress one Ton of the stem or plant in the ten ordinary working hours of the day—the Expence of breaking & clearing the flax & bringing it into the State in which I send it you will not exceed 2 cents per pound

The Information we have from England is that it Cost 6. / near 11 cents our money to produce the same result—

There is a great saving—more than 100 pr Cent in the fibre & the machine is equally as well calculated for Hemp as well as flax—With my sincere wishes for your health & happiness

I remain Sir very Respectfully

Anthony Dey.

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