In 1810, Cramer's Almanac says, about 80,000 yards
of flaxen linen, course and fine, are brought to market at
Pittsburgh yearly, and remarks, in commenting on some made by a Mrs. James Gormley, "Let it be no longer foolishly and roundly asserted that American flax will not make, nor the American women cannot, fine linen."
In connection with this it is noteworthy that all the publications of that date contain articles, and many from distinguished citizens, urging the manufacture of linen and attention to the culture of flax. Pittsburgh appears to have been looked to as the most important point for the establishment of the manufacture of linen. The value of the manufactures of Pittsburgh in 1810, is given in a census by the U. S. Marshall, at two millions of dollars."
Excerpt by George H. Thurston, writing in
Allegheny County's Hundred Years.
Pittsburgh, 1888. Page 42.