To Thomas Bedwell
Mo[un]t Vernon 7th June 1786
Your letter of the 27th ulto with the patterns enclosed, I have received.1 I am sorry for the misfortunes which you have met with in the course of your business, & heartily wish that your future attempts to carry on any useful manufactory, may succeed; but I think Sir, that it would be presumption in me to recommend to any Gentleman in the State of South Carolina, a person from Philada with whom I have no acquaintance, and of whose abilities in his business I have not a complete knowledge.
I might with more propriety, venture to do it in my neighbourhood, or in this State, than in South Carolina; but even here, I should not feel myself perfectly justified in doing it. Letters from some Gentlemen in Philadelphia to their friends in So. Carolina would, in my opinion, be more suitable, & have their proper effect. You will have my best wishes for the success of any attempt that may prove useful & beneficial to the Country. I am Sir, &c.
John Walters and Thomas Bedwell advertised in the Pennsylvania Packet (Philadelphia) on 13 Mar. 1775: “LINEN PRINTING In all its Branches, performed by the subscribers, at their Manufactory near the Three-Mile Store, on Germantown Road” (quoted in Harrold E. Gillingham, “Calico and Linen Printing in Philadelphia,” Pa. Mag. of Hist. and Biog., 52 , 107–8).
1. Letter not found.