From Daniel Stevens1
Charleston [South Carolina] 3rd. September 1791
Agreeable to your request,2 have wrote a circular Letter to the most leading Characters, throughout the State, relative to the Manufactures that may be carried on in the several Counties. As yet, have only two Letters3 on the subject, one contains some small Samples of the Cotton and Linen manufacture carried on in families for their own wear. As any others come to hand, I will transmit them to you, and shall shortly give you some account of what Manufactures are carried on in Charleston.
I am With regard Sir Your Most Obt. Servt.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Stevens was supervisor of the revenue for the District of South Carolina.
3. Only the enclosure printed with this letter has been found. Arthur H. Cole also includes as an enclosure to this letter a letter from Bazile Lanneau and William Rouse to Stevens (Cole, Industrial and Commercial Correspondence description begins Arthur H. Cole, ed., Industrial and Commercial Correspondence of Alexander Hamilton, Anticipating His Report on Manufactures (Chicago, 1928). description ends , 90). Cole, however, is mistaken, for the letter from Lanneau and Rouse is dated “October 1791” and therefore could not possibly have been enclosed in Stevens’s letter of September 3. The original letter from Lanneau and Rouse is in the Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.