Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours

it is true we are going greatly into manufactures; but the mass of them are houshold manufactures of the coarse articles worn by the laborers & farmers of the family. these I verily believe we shall succeed in making to the whole extent of our necessities. but the attempts at fine goods will probably be abortive. they are undertaken by company-establishments, & chiefly in the towns; will have little success, & short continuance in a country where the charms of agriculture attract every being who can engage in it.

RC (DeGH: Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours Papers, Winterthur Manuscripts). PoC (DLC). Published in PTRJS, 3:559.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours
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Date
April 15, 1811
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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