Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Ronaldson

houshold manufacture is taking deep root with us. I have a carding machine, two spinning machines, & looms with the flying shuttle in full operation for clothing my own family; and I verily believe that by the next winter this state will not need a yard of imported coarse or midling clothing. I think we have already a sheep for every inhabitant, which will suffice for cloathing, and one third more, which a single year will add, will furnish blanketing.

RC (Miss Sarah Mortimer, Philadelphia, 1957). PoC (DLC). Tr (ViU: TJP-ER); posthumous copy; first page only. Published in PTRJS, 5:560.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
James Ronaldson
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Date
January 12, 1813
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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