Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Charles Willson Peale
|Monticello. May 8. 16.|
I concur with you in doubting whether the great establishments, by associated companies, are advantageous in this country. it is the houshold manufacture which is really precious; because the same children are employed in them, under the eye & care of their parents, where they are more correctly brought up, and have better opportunities of healthy exercise. this however is for coarse, and midling goods only. for the finest fabrics, we must depend on the associated establishments, or on foreign countries. this last has many serious inconveniences.