Adams Papers

To John Adams from James Maydwell, 24 April 1787

Spitalfields April 24 1787


Influenced by a most Ardent wish for the wellfare and Prosperity for the Honnerable the United States of America and Encoraged by a Paragraph in one of the Daily Papers that the Honnerable States Intended to Engage with Artists of all Kinds to settel Manufactorys in america. We The Undersingd take Liberty to Offer to Your Excelency our services to go to America to Astablish The Silk Dying for the Manufactoring of Silks. Being Well Acquainted that there is Great Quantitys of silks Exported from this Kingdom Annully to the United States—and Knowing that there is Orders in London at this time for large Quantitys of Dyed Sewing silk to go to America, and as the Honnerable United States have Opened a trade to China and that there is Silk Producd in several of the Colonies of the United States, We are fully Persuaded that the Astablishing sutch a Greart Art and Mistory Will be of Verry Essential Advantage to the Manufatoring and Commercal Interist to the Honnerable the United States. Should Your Excelency think our Offer Worthy your attention We are Conscious of our abillitys to Undertake the Task we have proposed, as we have had for some Years and now Have the sole Management of the Buissness of Two of the Largest and Most Respectfull Houses in silk Dying trade

We remain Your Excelencys / Most Obeident Humble & Devoted Servants

James Maydwell

John Loe

PS Should we not have the Honner to see Your Excelency when we leave this letter should think our selves Honnerd by your Excelency sending an Appointment of a Day When we shall wait on You

Please to Direct to James Maydwell N 13 Browns lane Spitalfields London

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