From William Wiatt1
Fredericksburg [Virginia] 30th March 1793
As the Patron of the Manufactures, now carrying on in the Town of Patterson in the Jerseys, I am desired by a Mr Robert Brownlow of this place, to write you, to be informed what wages are given to persons well skilled in spinning Cotton for Muslins and weaving Manchester Goods.
Mr Brownlow is a native of Lancashire, England, has had an opportunity of acquiring a considerable knowledge in the above mentioned branc[h]es, and I believe, if properly encouraged, wou’d prove a valuable acquisition to the Manufactory.
Your answer will oblige him, & I am with every respect Sir Yr. Mo. Obt. St
Alexander Hamilton Esqr.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Wiatt was postmaster at Fredericksburg, Virginia.
On the envelope of this letter H wrote the following: “William Wiatt. answered. Things not yet prepared. Further inquiry to be made & information given.” H’s reply has not been found.