WILLIAMSBURG, July 4, 1777.
A Quantity of excellent STEEL, and a parcel of NEEDLES, to be sold, Wholesale and Retail, at William Goodson's Store, in Williamsburg.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon &Hunter) July 4, 1777
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During the Revolution, metals were of vital importance and generally in short supply. Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, in 1775, "If you could with any conveniancy procure me the articles I wrote for I should be very glad, more especially the needles and cloth. They are in such demand that we are really distressd for want of them."
Sources: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 21 October 1775