Fear, Force, and Leather: The Texas Prison System&rsquot;s First Hundred Years 1848-1948

Thomas Carothers to the Directors of the State Penitentiary, undated

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Directors of the state penitentiary to Governor Bell, November 1851

One Hundred And thirty Thousand And five hundred dollars
will complete what you allude to if controlled by practical Men
indeed, I feel I have a right to say, if under your supervision.
As the subject of increasing our manufacturing capacity has never been
before alluded to, by you, in conversation, with me, I trust my
connection with this institution, for more than four years, will
fully justify me in respectfully suggesting another and as I conceive
a better plan for augmenting the usefulness of our manufacturing
capacity. While at the same time it will render
assistance to those disposed to be industrious through out
the length and bredth [sic] of our land. My plan would
be this, instead of 3500 Spindles, I would procure the
service of twenty looms for the manufacture of fine
brown shirting one yard wide[.] This would
say require 1000 Spindles at $13 ea
Then I would procure one (or more) complete sett [sic] of machinery
for carding and making wool rools [rolls] the cost of
this machinery would be 1500.00
and would turn off 100 rools [rolls] per day, then I would
purchase for the sole purpose of making
work 600 Spindles (extra) at $13 ea
to this add price of first rate engine, piping etc. etc.
thirty two thousand and three hundred
dollars will furnish the above machinery, that my
experience assures me would be as valuable to the state



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Thomas Carothers to the Directors of the State Penitentiary, undated. Correspondence Concerning the Penitentiary, Records Relating to the Penitentiary, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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