Washington Feb 4 - 1818
Your letter of Jan. 18th was received yesterday.
The Petition I presented to the Senate, and had it re-
fered to the Committee of Commerce and manufac-
tures, where several other Petitions of a similar na
ture, from different parts of the Country, have been,
refered. I think something will be done this session
to favor manufacturers.--- The subject has not yet
come under consideration. I thank you for the
specimens of manufactured cloth you sent me from
your factory---I showed them to the members of the
Senate and several other gentlemen,who seemed
much surprised to see the manufacture of cloth car-
ried to such perfection in the Western woods. I
intend to show them to the President the first oppor-
tunity that occurs. I have no news of importance,
the preceedings of Congress you will see in the papers.
Please to remember me to your Lady - to
Jonathan Winters and family.
Yours Benjamin Ruggles