The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 6

WILLIAMSBURG, MANUFACTORY, May 6, 1777.
Having employed an exceeding good Heckler, regularly bred to the Business in England, at this Manufactory, any Persons who have Flax to dress may have it done in the best and most expeditious Manner, on reasonable Terms; the Price of heckling to be paid before the Flax is taken away, although it would be equally agreeable to receive a Part thereof in Payment. We purpose to purchase rough Materials for manufacturing, and when wrought up to vend the same. To the Planter and Farmer we leave the Business of raising Hemp, Flax, Cotton, and Wool, and for any of these Articles, we give ready Money. We sell Hemp and Flax in small Quantities, properly prepared for spinning. This Manufactory is situated within a few Steps of the Capitol Landing, extremely convenient to the Counties of York and Gloucester, and to the Eastern Shore, from whence any thing may be easily conveyed by Water. Good Encouragement is given to SPINNERS, if they are Persons of good Character, and a MISTRESS SPINNER we are in immediate Want of, to whom good Wages will be given, provided she comes well recommended. We also in Want of a WOOL Comber. We are glad to have the Factory visited by those whom it may be agreeable to, but hope no Person would wish to do it so much Injury as to take any Steps that may induce the People employed there to leave it. JOHN CRAWFORD, manager

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) May 16, 1777
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The Williamsburg Manufactory, located at Capitol Landing was convenient to the York River. Therefore, raw materials and finished products could be easily shipped to their destinations. By July the Manufactory is advertising its first public auction of linen. The Manufactory remained in business until 1784.

Language notes:

A heckler is one who splits and straightens out the flax fibers so that they can be spun into linen

Sources: Brown OED

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