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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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5020. MANUFACTURES, Household.—
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5020. MANUFACTURES, Household.—

There is no manufacture of wire or of cotton
cards, or if any, it is not worth notice. No
manufacture of stocking-weaving, consequently
none for making the machine; none
of cotton cloths of any kind for sale; though
in almost every family some is manufactured
for the use of the family, which is always
good in quality, and often tolerably fine. In
the same way, they make excellent stockings


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of cotton, weaving it in like manner, carried
on principally in the family way. Among
the poor, the wife weaves generally, and the
rich either have a weaver among their servants,
or employ their poor neighbors.—
To Thomas Digges. Washington ed. ii, 412. Ford ed., v, 28.
(P. 1788)