Extract from Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Henry S. Randall
|Boston 22 February 1856|
What you say in one of your letters of my grandfather’s being considered by a great many persons as a theorist, a man of projects, an innovator, set me to thinking how far there might be truth in these views of his character. He certainly had a good deal of ingenuity in contrivance—a good deal of what would be called here in Boston, Yankee ingenuity. He had various little devices for increasing comfort & facilitating labour. Some successful, some unsuccessful, as I presume must always be the case.