James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 1 October 1804 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne

1 October 1804, New Orleans. “Mr. Darbigney will deliver to you, a little Box containing a Model of a Cotton Machine, upon a new and improved Plan, and for which Mr. Obadiah Crawford1 a Citizen of the Mississippi Territory, solicits a Patent as the Inventor.

“If Mr. Crawford’s invention should be deemed worthy of the encouragement he asks, I will esteem it a favor, if you would enclose the Patent to me; Mr. Darbigney will pay the expence attending the Patent.

“I am not personally acquainted with Mr. Crawford, but he is represented to me as a young Man of great Mechanical Genius, and an industrious, worthy Member of Society.”

RC (DLC); letterbook copy (Ms-Ar: Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 13). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne.

1Obadiah Crawford received a patent for his cotton gin on 22 June 1807 (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1832–61). description ends , Miscellaneous, 2:132).

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