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Textile Competition
CO 77/25, ff. 135-6


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Sir,
     Agreeable to an Act of Parliament of the 21st. of This present Majesty C[h]ap[ter]: 65. Sect[ion]: 34. We beg leave to submit to the consideration of the Right Hon[oura]ble Mr. Secretary Townshend the Draught of Paragraphs of a Letter proposed by the Court of Directors of the East India Company to be sent to the Governor General and Council at Fort William in Bengal, if honored with his approbation.
We are with respect,
Sir,
East India House
Your most obedient servants
the 31st. January 1783.
Henry Fletcher
Nath[aniel] Smith

 

Evan Nepsan Esq.


Draught of Paragraphs of a Letter proposed by the Court of Directors of the East India Company to be sent to the Governor General and Council at Fort William in Bengal.
We transmit you by this Conveyance three small Boxes containing Musters of some Muslins the produce of a Manufacture that has lately been set up at Manchester in this Country; together with an Account of the prices at which they are retailed by the Drapers, which we particularly recommend to your very serious attention and observation. The great degree of perfection to which this Manufacture is already arrived, although at present only in its infant State; the prices, which are 20 P[er] Cent under our own; together with the attention which we doubt not will be innveariedly applied by all the Persons concerned therein towards further Improvements, are circumstances which cannot but justly alarm us for so important a branch of our Commerce. If once the Manufacturers of this Country can vie with us either in the quality, or price, of this, or any other articles of our Trade, we shall find them most powerful rivals at every Market where those articles are vended. We doubt not therefore but but you will exert yourselves to the utmost in causing the Manufacturers at Bengal to pay every attention not only to an improvement of the Fabric of Muslins but also to a reduction of the prices, as both on the one and the other will depend very much our future success in this Article.
     And we direct that by the first conveyance after the receipt of the abovementioned samples you transmit us your opinions thereon.
East India House
the 31st. January 1783
Signed by two Directors
Henry Fletcher
Nath[aniel] Smith
A true Copy
George Owen
 

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