Clark, John
 
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Transcribed: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center For Lowell History

Lowell  July 27, 1847
Jesse Huse Esq.

                         Dr. Sir,

                         Understanding that you intend to
visit a section of the States of Vermont, & New-York, I will
thank you to engage for the Merrimack Company any smart,
active & healthy girls whom you may happen to meet who
would like to come to Lowell. We can give employment to
from 50 to 100 girls, at the usual wages paid in this place.
our custom is to pay to new hands one dollar per week, &
board in the Weaving & Dressing Rooms, & one dollar & a half
& board, in the Carding & Spinning Rooms, until they can
tend the Machines without assistance. After that they are paid
for all the work they can get off: & of course some earn more &
some less, according to their industry & skill. The wages vary
from one dollar & a half to 3 dollars a week, averaging perhaps
2 dollars to 2.25 per week. I wish you to make no exaggerated
statements with regard to wages, nor raise any extravagant ex-
pectations which will be likely to be disappointed.  I know
this is often done, & I wish it carefully avoided. We can em-
ploy none under 15 years of age, & those of weakly or sickly
constitutions should not be encouraged to come.  If any are
desirous of coming to Lowell & have not the means of paying
the expense of the journey I am willing you should advance
the means of paying their expenses, or pay them for them;
but you will give them distinctly to understand that such
sums are loaned , not given, & that we shall expect them to
repay the amount out of their wages, as soon, & as fast,
as they can conveniently do it. You will please engage
only such persons as sustain a good character; and as you
may think will approve useful hands to the company,
and all such as you may judge it expedient to engage,
we will employ on their arrival.

                                  Yours very Trruly
                                  John Clark
                                  Supt. Merk. Mfg.Co.
 


 
 
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