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From John Jay to Jeremiah Wadsworth, 13 January 1789

To Jeremiah Wadsworth

New York 13 Jany 1789

Dear Sir

Mrs Jay having been informed by a Gentleman who lately passed thro one of your Towns, (I think Wallingford) that good Silks were manufactured there, desires me to request the Favor of You, if [illegible] ^there be any for sale,^ to procure the ^a^ Pattern of a Gown and Petticoat, of some grave quaker Color, and send it to her. I am persuaded that the same motive which induces her to wish to have it, will also induce you to excuse the Trouble she takes the Liberty of giving you about it.

I find the Cloths are arrived. Tomorrow I purpose to see them, and take a Suit. If it should become fashionable to prefer our own Manufactures, their Progress will be greatly advanced by it; especially if we come to consider whatever is american as our own; which notwithstanding State Prejudices, I hope will daily be more and more the Case— With great Esteem & Regard I am Dear Sir Your most obt. Servt

John Jay

Col. Wadsworth

ALS, MB (EJ: 02674) Addressed: “The Hon’ble / Col. Wadsworth / Harford / John Jay”. Endorsed. Jeremiah Wadsworth, formerly commissary general of the Continental army, and contractor for the French army, was a prominent Connecticut entrepreneur.

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