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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
December 01, 1769
Volume 08, Page 154

[From Tryon's Letter Book.]
Letter from Governor Tryon to the Earl of Hillsborough.

Brunswick the 1st December 1769.

In pursuance of an address of the House of Commons to his Majesty in 1766 and in obedience to the King's commands thereupon, I am to inform your Lordship no new Manufactures have been set up and carried on in this government since my letter to your Lordship of the 13th of June, 1768 No 3.

The Iron Works intended on Trent River do not at present proceed owing, I understand for want of a capital in the undertakers to carry them into effect.

There are two still Houses now constructing in the country, one at Wilmington and the other at Newbern, purposely for distilling spirits from Molasses, each established to distill from two to three hundred hogsheads annually.

The Newbern still house had got to work just before the storm of the seventh of September last, when the greatest part of it was destroyed.

There has been for some years two Fulling Mills erected, on a branch of Deep River in Orange County: The cloths that are brought from these mills are valued from two shillings and six pence to four shillings sterling per yard. The intelligence of these Fulling Mills did not reach me before last Summer.