George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Daniel Hinsdale, 8 April 1789

To Daniel Hinsdale

Mount Vernon 8th April 1789


I have received you[r] letter of the 23d Ulto accompanied with the Cloth whh the Directors of the Woollen Manufacture of the City of Hartford were so polite as to send me. I must beg you to accept of my best thanks for your agency in forwarding the Cloth to me—and likewise make my warmest acknowledgments acceptable to the Directors for this mark of their politness and attention. I am extremely pleased to find that the useful manufactures are so much attended to in our Country, and with such a prospect of success—The patterns of Cloth which I have seen, and particularly the piece which I have lately received, exceed in fineness and goodness whatever the most sanguine expectation could have looked for at this period—I am fully persuaded that if the spirit of industry economy and patriotism, which seems now beginning to dawn, should exert itself to a proper latitude, that we shall very soon be able to furnish ourselves at least with every necessary and useful fabrick upon better terms than they can be imported without any extraordinary legal assistance—I shall allways take a peculiar pleasure in giving every proper encouragement in my power to the manufactures of my Country.1 I am Sir, Yr Most Obedt Hble Sert

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1According to tradition GW wore a suit made of broadcloth from the Hartford Manufactory at his inauguration. In May 1789 a Baltimore paper noted “We hear from New-York, that our beloved and illustrious President was proclaimed in a Suit of Broadcloth manufactured in the State of Connecticut. We hope, from this laudable Example in the first and best of Men, that we shall soon see Industry and Economy fashionable in the United States. National Dresses and Manners, as well as Principles, are absolutely necessary to our becoming an independent People” (Maryland Journal and Baltimore Advertiser, 8 May 1789).

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