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2


Whiting Ruggles . . .







8


1 2


Jonathan Hastings .






1





2


8


2


Denison Robinson . . .







7


9 3


Thomas Haskell ,






3





15


5





Wid" Susanna Rice . .







5


1 1


Moses Haskell . .






2





9


5


3


Stephen Rice







12


3 2


John Haskell. . .






1





10


5





Joseph Robinson . . .







8


9


Nathaniel Haskell .






2





12


7


1


William Shaw ....







6


6 3


Seth Hinkley . . .






3





16


3





Roland Sears ....







9


7


John Plaskell, Jr. .






1





3


6


2


Freeman Sears ....







9


3 1


Ephraim Haskell .






1





9





3


Barnabas Sears ....







9


2 1


Stephen Hastings .






1





2


8


2


Steward Sonthgate. . .







2


6


John Hedfie . . .






1





2


6





Joseph Saftbrd ....







7


3 2


Nathaniel Johnson .






1





12


8


2


Jeremiah Sibley ....







13


6 2


Zebadiah Johnson .






2





13


9





Samuel Sibley ....







3


4


Dudley Jordan . .






1





3


11


2


Amaziah Spooner . . .







8


1 2


Philip Jordan . . .






1





6


5


2


Thomas Spooner . . .







2


6


Solomon Johnson .






1





4


9


2


Zephaniah Spooner . .







2


6


Joel Johnson . . .






1





5


10





Elkanah Steward . . .







7


7 1


Silas Johnson . ,






1





5


5





Edward Smith ....







9


4 2


Stephen Johnson .






1





3


5


1


John Sellon







10


7 2


Abraham Knowlton






1





7


2


1


Reuben Snow ....







7


4 3


Jesse Kinney . .






1





2


6





Nathaniel Sprout . . .







5





John Keith . . .






1





9





3


Nathaniel Sprout, Jr. . .







8


1 2


Clark Lawton . .






1





6


4


1


Jonathan Stanwood . .







2


6


Lemuel Leach . .






1





5


8


3


Ejdiraim Tucker . . .







2


6


Ebenezer Lawrence






1





3


1


2


Edward Taylor ....







2


6


Joshua Lawrence .






1





11


10


2


Ephraim Titus ....







2


8 2


Ebenezer Lawrence, Ji






1





14


3


I


Seth Taylor







5


3


Experience Luce






1





4


9


2


Thomas Wells White . .







5





Josiah Lock . . .






1





10








Wareham Warner . . .








1


2


Constant Myrick .






2





13


2


3


Thomas Winchester . .


2





13


7 3


Nathaniel Myrick .






1





8





1


Wid" Sarah Winchester .








5


7 2


Robert ]\IcTntyre's Est


,










8








Lemuel Willis ....


2





12


6


Timothy Newton .






2





14


8


1


Daniel Wheeler ....


2





18


10 1


Joseph Nye . . .






1





8





1


Nathan Wheeler . . .


1





11


4 I


Joseph Nye, Jr. . .






1





2


8


2


Josei)h Washburn . . .








1


2


Jonathan Nye . .






2





7


3


2


Eliphalet Washburn . .


1





6


3


Prince Nye . . .






I





9


4


2


Ammiel Weeks ....


1





5


5


Joshua Nye . . .






1





5








Thomas Weeks ....








2


9 3


John Paddleford






1





5


1


1


Asahel Warren ....


1





5


2 2


Seth Paddleford . .






1





2


8


2


Ebenezer Washburn . .


1





2


8 2


Ephraim Pratt . .






2





8





1


Samuel Whipple . . .


1





8


n 2


James Paii^^e . . .






2





13


2


3


James Wicker ....


1





3


6 2


Samuel Pike . . .






1





2


8


2


















Elisha Pike . . .






1





2


6





Total, North Side .




53


17


1



STATISTICS.
SOUTH SIDE.



297





a'


£ s.


d.


qr.




t?


£


s. d. qr.


Solomon Aikens . . .


2


17


3


2


James Lawton ....


2





12 11


David Aikens . .






8


7


3


Nathan Leonard




1





9 8 1


Gamaliel Arnold






3





1


James Lawton, Jr. .




1





6 .5 2


Atwood Aiken's Guar


d"!




2


6





Jacob Lawton . .




1





2 8 2


Samuel Billing . .






5








Joseph Loring . .




1





2 6


Elisha Billing . .






11


5


2


William Lyon . .




1





2 8 2


Samuel Billing, Jr. .






18


11


2


John Lawton . .




1 !0


2 6


Asahel Billing . .






8


1


2


Paul Mandell . .




3 1


5 2 2


Samuel Bridge . .






5


2


2


Amos iNLandell . .




1 iO


2 6


Samuel Beals . .






6


2


1


Lemuel Newton . .




1


10 2 2


Nathan Bangs . .






4


7


3


Stephen Newton




1|0


2 6


Joseph Biani . . .






6


3





Caleb Nye, Jr. . .
Andrew Nelson . .




1





2 8 2


Isaac Bowman . .






2


6







1





6 3


Gamaliel Collins






11


9


1


Daniel Oliver, Esq.




1





13 11 2


Joshua Crowell . •






15


7





William Oaks . .




1





4 2


Paul Crowell . .






2


6





William Paige . .




2





16 2


Edward Curtis . .






5


1


1


George Paige . .




3





18 11 2


Isaac Clark . . .






2


6





Timothy Paige . .




1


1


2 4 3


Isaac Clark, Jr. . .






6


11


3


Nathaniel Paige




1





11 9 I


Isaac Cumniings. Jr.






6


10


2


John Paige . . .




1





14 7


Ephraim Cleaveland






10


3


3


John Paige, Jr. . .




1





9 3 1


Abraham Chamherlair






8


2


3


William Paige, Jr.




1





7 1


Moses Chamberlain






2


6





James Paige, Jr.




1


11 4 1


Eeniuel Cobb .






6
8
2


9
9

7


1


1


Jesse Pai<;e . . .
Phineas Powers . .
Stejihen Pratt . .




1


2 6


Jabez Cobb




1
1






9 3


Elijah Cleaveland .




2 6


Benjamin Cleaveland






2


7


1


William Perkins, Jr.




1





2 6


Abner Ccuant . .






5








Capt. .Jeremiah Powei


s .








2 1


Derbv Dwire . .






2
7
9


8
9



2
3
3


Samuel Robinson .
Solomon Rice . .
Thomas Robinson .




1
1
1





1


9 3 1


Silas Dean




2 6


Thomas Elwell . .




1 7 3


Jabez Elwell . . .






2


6





Benjamin Raymond
John Raymond . .
Thomas Robinson, Jr.




1





8 4


James Fav






11

10


3

7



2




1





2 8 2


Aaron Furbush . .




1


2 11


Isaac Fay ....




1 1


9
9


10
10


2
3


Edmund Rawson .
Isaac Rice . . .




1 |0
1


4 5 3


John Fay ....




7 6


George Field .






8


2


3


Antipas Rice . . .
Moses Rice . . .




1


10 2 2


Samuel French . .






2


6







1 '0


2 6


Philip Fraker . .






2


6





Aaron Rice . . .




1


2 8 2


Paul Fay's Guardian






2


6





Samuel Rawson




1 jO


2 6


Aaron Furbush, Jr.






2


7


1


Timothy Ruggles, Esq




1


12 3 2


Causimai Fletcher .






2


6





Timothy Ruggles, Jr.




2


13 4


John Giffin






5
5


10

1




1


Josiah Roberts . . .
John Rich . . .




1
1


2 6


Timothv Gilbert .




2 6


John Hunt . . .






17
11
8


1

1

10



3

1


Henry Rixford . . .
Robert Stetson . . .
Jesse Snow . . .




1

1 jO

1 ;o


2 6


John Hunt, Jr. . .




5


Uriah Higgins . .




3 11 2


John Hanmore . .






2


6





Robert Sprout . . .




1


2 6


Aaron Hunt .






8
10
2


1

10

6


2




Jabez Stratton . .
Daniel Thomas . .
Joseph Thomas . .




1
1
1


6 3


Isaiah Hatch . . .




4 9 2


Aaron Hudson . .




3 1 2


Henry Hijrgins . .






4





3


Robert Tucker . .




1 |0


4 4 2


Silvanus Hopkins .




\'0 4


4


2


Joseph Warner . . .







3 1 2


Samuel Jenny . .




1 jO 3


8





Daniel Warner . . .




1


19 1 2


William Johnson . .




I iO 4


8


1


Elijah Warner . . .




1


14 3 1


Seth Johnson . .




1 10 10








Jonathan Warner . .




1 1


3 11 2


Jacob Knowlton




1 'O 8


6


2


David Wheelock . .







6 -1 1


Ezra Leonard. . .




2iO 13
1 |0 6


7
9


3

1


Gideon Wheelock . .
Thomas Weeks, Jr. .




1

2


2 11


Ebenezer Liscomb .




5 11 1



298



HISTORY OF HARDWICK.



Silas Willis . . .
Silas Willis, Jr. . .
Adam Willis . . .
James Win<j . . .
William Washburn
Silvaims AVashburu
Judah Weeks . .
Seth Wiuslow . ,
Job Wiuslow . . .
Joseph Weeks . .
Samuel Wait . . .



£ s. d. qr.



3 2

6

7 2

8 3
8 2



7
6



4

2

7

2

2 11

5 6 5



4 3
6



Elias Walker . .
David Weeks . .
William Wicker
Ephraim Wheeler
Moses Whitcomb
Edmund Willis .
John Whipple .
Thomas Martin Wright

Total, South Side



£ s. d. qr.



6 2

2 6

7 2 I

3 9

8 11 2

2 6

3 11 2
2 6



48 11 5 3



Valuation. In 1781, a general valuation was taken of the
property in the Commonwealth, as the basis of a State tax.
The Harclwick List follows : ^ —



363 Polls

230 Houses 50s.

200 Barns 18s.

30 Stores, shops, &c 6s.

12 Distill-houses, mills, &c 60s.

2,500 Acres of English mowing 12s.

1,000 Barrels of Cyder 2s. &d.

1,500 Acres of Tillage-land 9s.

1,200 Acres of Salt and Eresh meadow ... 6s.

2,500 Acres of Pasturing 3s.

17,737 Acres of Wood and unimproved land . 20s.
£298 JNIoney on interest and on hand ....
£600 Amount of goods, wares and merchandise

200 Horses £6

300 Oxen £7

750 Cows £4

4,000 Sheep and Goats 6s.

400 Swine 12s.

£100 Coaches, Chaise, &c

10 Ounces of gold, coined or not coined . .

470 Ounces of silver, coined or not coined . .

Deducted £500



Property.



2 per

298

600

1,200

2,100

3,000

1,200

240

100

50

136



cent.



13 4
13 4



575

180

9

36

1,500

125

675

360

375

354



14



536 18



4,726 12



In 1798, a valuation was taken by order of Congress, for the
purpose of a direct tax. The principal assessor for the district
embracing this town was General Jonathan Warner ; his assist-
ants here were Captain Daniel Warner and Colonel Stephen
Rice. Each house and farm was valued separately. The general
recapitulation, dated April 10, 1799, exhibits the following re-
sults : 2 —

1 Mass. Arch., clxii. 63. ited in the library of the New England

2 Valuation of the whole State, depos- Historic Genealogical Society.



STATISTICS.



299



Houses over $100 in value .
Houses under $100 in value .
Acres of land, with houses over $100
Acres of land, not included as above
Value of houses and lots over $100,)
not including ministerial property )
Value of houses under $100 .
Value of land ....

Total valuation



. 176

56
• 87i
. 23,543i

$43,534
. 2,575



232



23,631



$46,109
248,123

$294,232



A very thorough vahiation of property in the Commonwealth
was made in 1875, with the following result as to Hardwick : —



Peopertt.


Number.


Value.


FARMS.








From 3 to 5 acres ....


, .


1




From to 10 acres





4




Above 10 acres


* •


196




BUILDINGS.


201


$630,169


Houses ......


.


210




Barns ......


, .


249




Sheds


. .


35




Shops ......


.


11




Carriage-houses ....


.


9




Cider mills ......


, ,


4




Out-buildings .....


• •


15




LAND.


533


$229,100


Land under crops ....


acres


4,801


$164,215


Orchards (the land) ....


acres


lOU


4,662


Unimproved land ....


acres


12,334


145,240


Unimprovable land ....


acres


192


130


Woodland ......


acres


3,237i


86,822


FRUIT TREES AND VINES.


20,666


$401,069


Apple trees .....


.


13,898


$16,305


Cherry trees .....


.


144


64


Crab-apple trees ....


, .


2


2


Peach trees .....


. ,


190


175


Pear trees .....


, ,


460


658


Plum trees ......


, ,


36


12


Grape vines .....


• •


1,949


1,177


DOMESTIC ANIMALS.




$18,393


Bees (swarms of) ....


.


28


$149



300



HISTORY OF HARDWICK.



Property.


Number.


Value.


Bulls

Calves .....

Colts

Dogs

Ducks .....

Geese .....

Guinea fowls ....

Heifers .....

Hens and chickens .

Hogs ......

Horses .....

Lambs .....

Milch cows ....

Oxen ......

Pigeons

Pigs

Sheep, merino

Sheep, Saxony . . . .

Sheep

Steers .....
Turkeys










85

491
31
80
16
23
11

291
3,892

350

231

45

1,337

144
50

353

4

2

46

68

304


$2,593

4,622

2.825

386

14

33

9

7,033

1,799

4,824

18,670

156

61,517

12,850

6

1,704

22

16

227

2.765

325


AGGREGATES.

Land ......

Buildings ....
Fruit trees and vines .
Domestic animals ....
Agricultural implements in use














$122,545

$401,069

229,100

18,393

122,545

21,985

$793,092



MANUFACTURES AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS.

From time to time the General Court has required from assess-
ors, or other authorized agents, information concerning certain
branches of industry. The earliest statistical tables on this sub-
ject exhibited a very scanty summary for the year ending April
1, 1837. This was confined almost exclusively to manufactured
articles, and consequently Hardwick ranked very low in the
list : —

" Saxony sheep, 2 ; merino sheep, 100 ; other kinds of sheep,
810 ; Saxony wool produced, 12 lbs. ; merino wool, 250 lbs. ;
other kinds of wool, 1,600 lbs. ; average weight of fleece, 2^ lbs. ;
value of wool, $1,000 ; capital invested, $1,820.

" Boots manufactured, 5,000 pairs ; shoes, 5,000 pairs ; value
of boots and shoes, $14,500 ; males employed, 20 ; females, 8.



STATISTICS.



301



" Tanneries, 2 ; bides tanned, 1,500 ; value of leather tanned
and curried, $5,250 ; hands employed, 6 ; capital invested, $1,500.

" Paper mills, 2 ; stock manufactured, 55 tons ; value of paper,
$5,600 ; males employed, 6 ; females, 2 ; capital invested, $3,000.

" Manufactory of chairs and cabinet ware, 1 ; value of chairs
and cabinet ware, $1,000 ; hands employed, 2.

"Plough manufactory, 1 ; ploughs manufactured, 150; value
of the same, $900 ; employing one person. • •

" Straw bonnets manufactured, 300 ; value of same, $500.

" Palm-leaf bats manufactured, 75,000 ; value of same,
$15,500."

Twenty years later, Hardwick appears to better advantage in
the Statistical Tables for the year ending June 1, 1855.



Pkopertt.


Number.


Value.


Ploughs and agricultural tools manufactured




12


$100


Saddles manufactured ....






1,000


Wagous and other vehicles manufactured


,




3,700


Hides of all kinds tanned


.


1,700


7,000


Boots and shoes of all kinds .


.




1,600


Palm-leaf hats manufactured


,




3,000


Casks manufactured ....


,




200


Boxes for packing, etc., manufactured


,




9,000


Lumber, prepared for market


feet


65,000


9,800


Fire-wood, prepared for market


cords


1,548


2,812


Horses ......


.


282


18,080


Oxen, 360 ; steers, 92 ... ,


,


452


25,951


Cows, 1,389 ; heifers, 256 .


,


1,645


41,926


Swine raised ......


^


412


3,435


Sheep of all kinds ....


,


217


776


Wool produced .....


lbs.


712




Butter


lbs.


33,725


6,745


Cheese .......


lbs.


310.540


31,054


Honey ......


lbs.


' 80


14


Beeswax ......


lbs.


9


3


Indian corn .....


bush.


18,543


15,373


Wheat


bush.


255


496


Rye


bush.


1,825


1,844


Barley .......


bush.


1,171


953


Oats


bush.


8,211


4,129


Potatoes .......


bush.


24,892


12,516


Turnips ......


bush.


450


40


Carrots .......


bush.


840


210


English hay


tons


3,139


37,468


Meadow hay


. tons


1,000


5,000


Apple trees


,


4,878


3,467


Pear trees ......





336


52



802



HISTORY OF HARDWICK.



The result of the very comprehensive census in 1875 is even
more favorable to Hardwick in all respects, except in regard to
manufactures, wherein it is very unsatisfactory. The quantity
and value of land, buildings, trees, and animals have already
been stated. The domestic and agricultural products enumerated
are as follows : —



Products.


Quantity.


Value.


DOMESTIC PRODUCTS. — FOR SALE


.






Butter .......


lbs.


35,003


$12,419


Cheese ......


lbs.


124,493


14,358


Cider


gals.


29,165


2,662


Dried fruit .....


lbs.


569


63


Firewood ......


cords


1,107


3,653


Maple molasses ....


gals.


143


224


Palm-leaf hats (work on)




784


100


Quilts




4


12


Railroad sleepers




3,777


1,294


Shingles ......




100,000


300


Straw hats (work on) ....




144


18


Wiue


gals.


774


432


FOR USE.








Blankets ......


pairs


3


15


Boots ......


pairs


4


10


Butter .......


lbs.


17,303


5,902


Carpets ......


yds.


2b


25


Cheese .......


lbs.


6,248


794


Cider ......


aals.


14,686


1,247


Dried fruit ......


"lbs.


2,015


221


Firewood ......


cords


2,100


7,025


Maple sugar ......


lbs.


150


15


Maple molasses .....


gals.


103


138


Mittens . . . .


pairs


14


10


Quilts




3


9


Shoes .......


pairs


25


40


Socks ......


pairs


41


27


Wine .......


gals.


77


95


Yarn


lbs.


10


11


AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS.








Apples .......


bush.


24,364


7,921


Barley ......


bush.


285


292


Beans .......


bush.


170


384


Beans, string and shell


bush.


52


88


Beef


lbs.


133,162


11,087


Beeswax


lbs.


8


2



STATISTICS.



303



Products



Beets .

Blackberries

Blueberries

Buckwheat

Butternuts

Cabbage .

Carrots

Cherries .

Chestnuts

Chickens, cli'essed

Corn, green .

Corn, Indian

Corn, pop

Crab-apples

Cranberries .

Cucumbers

Currants

Eggs

Feathers

Fodder, corn

Game, wild .

Geese, dressed

Gooseberries

Grapes

Hay, English

Hay, meadow

Hay, clover

Hay, millet

Hides .

Honey

Hop-poles

Huckleberries

Ice

Lettuce

Mangoes

Manure

Melons .

Milk .

Millet .

Mutton

Oats

Onions

Parsnips

Peaches

Pears .

Pease

Pease, green

Peppers

Plums .



bush.

qts.

qts.
bush,
bush,
heads
bush,
bush,
bush.

lbs.
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush.

qts.

doz.

lbs.

tons

lbs.
qts.
bush,
tons
tons
tons
tons

lbs.

qts.

tons]_
heads
bush,
cords

gals.
bush,
lbs.
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush,
bush.



Quantity.



430

700

302

22

36

11,502

704

20

27

4,962

140

7,066

25

27

22

91

775

8,362

63

101

168

40

478

4,093

818

1

7

62

160

1,108

3,403

37

800

100

3,545

50

172,582

6

400

3,522

475

36

166

59

4

134

2

4



Value.



$271

71

30

26

16

928

349

37

50

958

152

6,925

42

30



65

2,165

15

1,088

30

34

4

398

60,939

6,904

15

100

252

44

339

235

50

36

50

10,572

5

19,208

14

32

2,416

615

29

281

125

6

205

4

15



304



HISTORY OF HARDWICK.



Products.


Quantity.


Value.


Pork


lbs.


90,894


$8,873


Potatoes, Irish


bush.


19,811


10,938


Poultry, other than chickens, geese, a


nd turkeys, lbs.


150


26


Pumpkins .....


. * lbs.


26,300


153


Rye


bush.


634


653


Seeds, grass ....


bush.


2


6


Shellbarks ....


bush.


20


45


Squashes ....


lbs.


17,000


331


Straw .....


tons


40


567


Strawberries .....


qts.


800


175


Tobacco


lbs.


11,600


1,160


Tomatoes .....


bush.


315


244


Trees, fruit, in nurseries




120


65


Turkeys, dressed ....


lbs.


2,855


576


Turnips .....


bush.


4,157


1,125


Veal


lbs.


60,865


7,062


"Wool, Saxony ....


lbs.


15


5


Wool, other than Saxony


lbs.


191


61


AGGREGATES.








Domestic Products, for sale


.


_


$35,535


Domestic Products, for use .


. ,





15,584


Hay, 4,919 tons


.





67,958


Other Agricultural Products








100,232






$219,309



This exhibition is creditable to a town whose entire population
was only 1,992 ; especijilly when it is considered that one fifth
part of the adult inhabitants were engaged in manufacturing
establishments. But the account of manufactures and the re-
sults of mechanical labor is very imsatisfactory. Excluding the
value of butter and cheese manufactured, the sum total assigned
to Hardwick is as follows : —



STATISTICS.



305



Industries.


Number of Estab-
lishments.


Value of Products.


Blacksmithing

Cheese-box making

Carpentry and joinery

Lumber, planed, and boxes . . .

Lumber, sawed

Machinist's work

Powder-keg making

Wheelwrighting


3

1
1
1
2
1
1
1


$3,000
1,250
5,000
2,000
2,355
10
1,500
100




11


$15,215



The same census represents that 310 inhabitants of Hardwick
were then employed in " manufactures and mechanical indus-
tries ; " of whom 193 were woollen factory operatives, and 24
were paper makers ; yet I can find no evidence in the census
that a yard of cloth or a pound of paper was manufactured in
the town. Indeed, I cannot trace the manufacture of paper to
any other town ; it is certain, however, that a manufactory was
then in operation here. The manufacture of woollens is easily
traced to the town of Ware, which has credit in the census for
all the woollen goods manufactured here. The occasion of this
transfer is indicated in an article published in the Boston " Daily
Advertiser," October 7, 1880, concerning the several manufac-
turing establishments in Ware : —

"After the dissolution of Gilbert & Stevens, the firm of
George H. Gilbert & Co. was established, from which has sprung
the George H. Gilbert Manufacturing Company, incorporated in
1867, with a paid-up capital of $250,000. The first president
was George H. Gilbert ; but his death occurring one year later,
the present officers of the company were chosen, as follows :
Lewis N. Gilbert, president ; Charles D. Gilbert, treasurer; and
J. H. Grenville Gilbert, secretary. In 1860 was erected, in
addition to the granite mill in Ware, a brick mill, 130 by 56
feet, five stories high, on the site of the old paper mill in Hard-
wick, four and a half miles north of Ware, to increase the manu-
facture of flannel goods. In the immediate vicinity of the new
mill were built many tenements for the operatives ; thus was
formed Gilbertville, named in honor of its founder. Three other
brick mills have been built there, — one, 125 by 60 feet, three
stories high; another, 84 by 60 feet, four stories high; and

20



306 HISTORY OF HARDWTCK.

a third, 230 by 68 feet, five stories high. The two hundred
tenement-houses owned by the company, on its 325 acres, con-
stitute the entire settlement of what is probably the prettiest
strictly manufacturing village in Massachusetts. It is on the
line of the Ware River and Massachusetts Central Railroads.
The greater part of the manufactures of the company are now
produced at Gilbertville ; and as a large part of the dress goods
and blankets woven at Gilbertville are finished at Ware, the
few statistics given below refer to the total products at all these
mills."

Being unwilling that Hardwick should be shorn of one of its
chief glories, as it is by the census of 1875, and desiring to state
the precise facts in the case, I addressed an inquiry to the pres-
ident of the corporation, who gave me the desired information,
to wit : The foregoing statement in the " Daily Advertiser "
was correct when it was written ; but since that time the business
at Gilbertville has been greatly enlarged. To the mill erected
in 1860 an addition has been made, 154 feet in length by 82 feet
in width, and nine sets of machinery have been added ; so that,
in 1883, the following statistics are substantially accurate : —

Capital $250,000

Sets of machinery .... 47

Wool consumed, per day . . . 17,000 pounds.

Operatives employed .... 1,000

Goods manufactured, per year . . 3,500,000 yards.

Value of goods manufactured . . $2,500,000.

Of these forty-seven sets of machinery, forty sets are operated
in Hardwick and seven in Ware; and these numbers may be
supposed to indicate with sufficient accuracy the proportion of
goods manufactured in the respective towns. Hardwick may
therefore claim much the largest share of this immense business.



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