Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Chauncy Hall, 2 October 1804

Wallingford in New Haven in Connecticut
October 2d A1804.

Mr. Jefferson Sir

Haveing wrot to You on the following Subject and not receiveing an Answer I hope that my Integrity may Plead an Excuse for troubling You with this—in the first Letter I enclosed a Plan on which I beleive a Perpetual Motion may be made which will be regular and the source Sufficient to carry a time Piece and on that I believe the calculation of Longitude may be made as Easy and Accurate as that of Lattitude. It appears to me to be certain that there is but two Powers Active and that all Motion is made by them and that they are Equil and may be Brought to act in one direction round a circle as may appear by the Plan in the first Letter.

The Experiment will Decide the Qestion but I am not a Mechanik and not being Personally acquainted with any one that can do the Work therefore I am not able to Decide the Experriment without some Assistance If my first Letter has bin Receiv’d by You I wish you to if it [is] Your Pleasure that You would write the [obje]ctions whitch may be Made against it.

and if the Letter has not bin Rec’d and it is your Mind to inform me of it I will Draw another and send to you though I am not able to Communicate my Ideas with my Pen yet I wish to have the Satisfaction of its being tryed for I cannot find any thing that will Prevent it from answering the Design.

So I Remain Your Humble Servant

Chauncy Hall

of Merriden

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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