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To the Spinners


Philadelphia, August 9, 1775.

To the Spinners in this City, the Suburbs, and County:

Your services are now wanted to promote the American Manufactory, at the corner of Market and Ninth-streets, where cotton, wool, flax, &c˙, are delivered out. Strangers who apply are desired to bring a few lines, by way of recommendation, from some respectable person in their neighbourhood.

One distinguishing characteristick of an excellent woman, as given by the wisest of men is, "That she seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands; she layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands holdeth the distaff." In this time of publick distress you have now, each of you, an opportunity not only to help to sustain your families, but likewise to cast your mite into the treasury of the publick good. The most feeble effort to help to save the State from ruin, when it is all you can do, is, as the widow' s mite, entituled to the same reward as they who of their abundant abilities have cast in much.