Some colonials homes:
Spinning was a domestic chore not practiced much in colonial Virginia,as it was very time consuming. Most cloth was imported. When trade with England was restricted during the Revolution, newly-established cloth factories supplied the state's textile needs. Local newspaper advertisements indicate that hemp and linen cloth were being produced in Virginia by 1777.
All the wood shavings made me miss my dad and his workshop!
Cloth for making campaign tents and sails, both essential during wartime!
I wonder what is causing this patriot to have such a look of dismay? Something tells me that Benedict Arnold may be putting in an appearance tomorrow! Stay tuned for all the action...and some heated words!
Here is a poem that might have been familiar to the man above, once again taken from Jefferson's Scrapbook of Poems. It's titled Song, and I can just see this guy shouting "a plague on you" as Arnold rode into Williamsburg!
A Plague on those snivelling coxcombs, say I,
Who would sell for a sixpence, their freedom;
About poverty, ruin and hardship they cry,
And think that the People will heed 'em.
When hungry I've fought, and and when naked I've toil'd
For Freedom, the greatest of treaures;
No hardship could move me when Liberty smil'd,
I laugh'd at effeminate pleasures.