Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Ronaldson
|Monticello Jan. 12. 13.|
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.