The Virginia Gazette

November 28, 1777: 148. Page 3, Column 1.

FREDERICKSBURG, November 15, 1777.

THE subscribers, being desirous to promote the manufactory of linen, duck, cotton and woolen cloths, in their several and various branches, have engaged in a factory, at this place, to commence from Christmas next; and as it will be rather difficult to procure the number of hands we propose employing at the present, we would willingly take white or black boys and girls, from twelve years old and upwards, to serve five years, at the expiration of which, their parents, or the owners of such Negroes, will receive them with a trade of advantage to themselves, and of publick utility. Those gentlemen (friends to their country) who are willing to forward such a work, by assisting us with a few of their supernumerary little negroes, and rid themselves of that charge, will lay infinite obligations on their humble servants.

N.B. White boys and girls are taught to read and write, and boarded and clothed in a decent manner. Negroes are boarded and cloathed clear of expense.
Stay and harness making are taught the apprentices, with the other arts by T. WARING.
Those who acquainted with the above mentioned Mr. Waring may rely that I have had the greatest character of his abilities in the weaving business, both from his late employer and those who have formerly given him their custom, and can assure the publick, from the character I have had of him, he is master of the business.