From James B. Pleasants
April 6th. 1819
I have taken the liberty of inclosing some observations for improving internal navigat[i]on, address’d to the President of the board of public works for Virginia,1 on which I do not ask an opinion, but if worth it, a free criticism, Liberal […]⟨o⟩bjections, being in my opinion the […] of projected improvement.
I had thought to have paid before this a visit to orange, for I thought thy friendly invitation for Washington might be transfer’d and I had rather see the Ex than the Ins[t]ald President but at no time did I decline a Visit for want of Respect
Jas. B Pleasants2
RC and enclosure (DLC). Cover docketed by JM. For enclosure, see n. 1. RC torn.
1. The enclosure (4 pp.) is a copy of Pleasants to James P. Preston as president of the Board of Public Works for Virginia, dated 6 Apr. 1819, commenting on a report drawn by Thomas Moore on improving navigation on the James River. Pleasants suggested the running of a chain along the length of the river “to which all boats both asscending, and descending, might be attached … the superior weight borne to market would without any other power convey every boat that descends the river to every point from which it descended.”