COMMENT: We include one item from the May 11 “half issue.”
Cleaning Merino Wool
From a letter dated November 20, 1813. SIR — In compliance with your request to obtain ... the best method for cleansing the Merino Wool, the following directions are given by one of our best manufacturers: One part urine, two parts soft water, as warm as the hand can bear; let the wool be properly worked in this, then taken out and laid on a rack to drain ... then rinse it well in cold soft water. ...
When to be carded, about one gill of olive or sweet oil to the pound of Merino Wool. ... The price of wool is increasing: -- Merino full blooded, 2 dollars 50 cents — three 4ths 1 dollar 50 cents — one half, 1 dollar —one fourth 75 cents — common, 37 to 50 cents.
Farmers ... can now manufacture all the wool they can raise at 100 percent profit.
COMMENT: The “bubble” for growing the Merino breed of sheep, which had been smuggled out of Spain, was at its height, and Otsego County was in its center. Young James Cooper (he had not yet adopted the “Fenimore”) was trying to raise them at what he called “Mount Ovis” on the site of the New York State Historical Association. When the War of 1812 ended, the bubble burst.
London, Jan. 3 ...The fog still continues. It was more dense and oppressive last night than at any time since its commencement on Monday last. Very few persons ventured out ... and no sound was heard out of doors but the voices of the watchmen or the noise of some solitary carriage, cautiously feeling its way through the gloom.
To a person who came up to London ... it would seem as if he had been descending into a coal pit, to see persons walking with a little torch or candle, at 4 o’clock, in the afternoon, and trying to find out in their own street their habitations and ... so bewildered as to knock at their neighbor’s doors to ask where their own houses were.