Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joel Barlow, 12 December 1808

12 Decr.

Dear Sir

When last in Philaa. I suggested to Dr. Mease the idea of a work on the manufactures of that city, and I thought its utility might be such as to encourage its extention afterwards to those of the U.S. describing the particular branches, the quantity of work done in each, & estimating the comparative amount of imported with that of home manufactured goods. &c.—

He has now written me a letter which I take the liberty to enclose to you, as he seems to think the goverment, might with propriety do something in the business.

You will judge better than I can as to that & likewise as to his last proposal of a periodical work.

Yr. obt.

J. Barlow

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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