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[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.

Appended to MVB to Silas Wright Jr., c5-13 May 1828.

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)