Report on Conditions in Virginia
This is a page from The Present State of Virginia, and the College (1727), a comprehensive description of the colony coauthored by Henry Hartwell, James Blair, and Edward Chilton. This section of the text narrates the abundant resources available in Virginia. These include iron, minerals, a "curious transparent Stone, finer than marble," timber for building ships, and various crops, such as wheat, rice, corn, oats, barley and peas. In the second paragraph, the authors state their belief that a silkworm industry could prosper in Virginia due to its large number of mulberry trees and a work force that included "Negro Children, that are now so many useless Hands," who could feed the worms and wind the silk that is produced.
Citation: The Present State of Virginia, and the College. A 1727 .H37. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.