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In Their Own Words

April 19, 1744

Journal Entry on Attempted Cultivation of Silk

The following entry from William Stephens’ journal for this day shows the diligent efforts some made at cultivating silk worms, but also hints that the efforts would not be successful:

“The care of Feeding Silk Worms was now over, and the attendance on them at present was in providing for their Commodious Spinning. Such people as had employ’d themselves in propagating that Manufacture began to bring in what Balls they had got; before after the frequent Notice before taken by me of the backwardness I found among too many to take any thought about it, and giving their Reasons Why, it was not now to be expected we should see great matters arise, where little was done towards it. The People of Ebenezer and our Orphan house have best shewn [sic] their good Will to it by their Works, and delivered already an handsome Quantity, besides whats yet to come; to which may be added some other small parcells that are looked for from a few.”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959).