Adams Papers

Fryday Feby. 7 [i.e. 8?]. 1771.
[from the Diary of John Adams]

Fryday Feby. 7 [i.e. 8?]. 1771.1

Met a Committee of the House at the Representatives Room, to consider of a Plan for a society for encouraging Arts, Agriculture, Manufactures and Commerce, within the Province.2

Such a Plan may be of greater Extent and Duration than at first We may imagine. It might be usefull at any Time. There are in this Prov[ince] natural Productions eno. Hemp, Silk, and many other Commodities might be introduced here, and cultivated for Exportation. The Mulberry Tree succeeds as well in our Climate and Soil, as in any.

1Friday fell on 8 Feb. 1771.

2This committee, appointed 16 Nov. 1770, was ordered to report at the next session (Mass., House Jour. description begins Journals of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts [1715– ], Boston, reprinted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1919– . (For the years for which reprints are not yet available, the original printings are cited, by year and session.) description ends , 1770–1771, p. 164), but its report has not been found.

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