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Extract from a 1752 report on growing silk in the North American colony of Georgia.
(Catalogue ref: T 1/348/126)
The quantity of raw silk raised in the last season was very little more than was raised in the previous year. This was because there was a very serious winter, which killed many of the silkworms when they first hatched. However, several more women in the colony then learnt the art of silk making, and the plantations of mulberry trees are greatly improved, so we can reasonably expect some increase in the silk trade this year. But we would still like Messrs Haversham and Robinson of Savannah in Georgia to be able to spend up to one thousand pounds of government money to the silk industry until it is very strongly established.
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