[Silas] Wright [Jr.] to MVB, [c5-13 May 1828]
3 Every farmers family manufactures woolens, but I have no means of knowing the number of factories of woolen goods. I suppose there may be some 30 or 40 with a Capital averaging 30, or 40,000. Dolls Each.
2 The No. of sheep in our state cannot vary far from 5,500,000. and the flocks will not average more than 150 take this whole State. I think not so much. This would make 30,000 flocks, or men who raise wool to sell.
1 Mr. Keyes says there must be between 15,000 and 20,000. <operative> hands engaged in the business of making Iron in our state. No means exist to ascertain the number of manufacturers since 1825. Then I think they were something more than one hundred. Their Capital might probably be called <6>000 each.
All this is mere hasty and momentary guessing, as I have not made such estimates, nor have I our census of 1825 by me.
This census is at my room.
Editorial Note: Appended to MVB to Silas Wright Jr., c5-13 May 1828.