informing their Lordships that in obedience to their request he had laid the specimen of Persian cotton which was transmitted to him by their Lordships' direction on the Ist ultimo before the principal persons who are supposed to understand best the quality and specific value of raw cotton, and that the general opinion upon the quality is that of being extremely fine, and if it could be planted in any of our own colonies so as to retain its native quality it would certainly be a valuable acquisition to the planters as well as to the cotton manufacturers, believing at an average price it would fetch in this market 3s. per pound or upwards1 and returning thanks in the name of the manufacturers of Manchester for the very particular attention their Lordships have shown on this and every other occasion to promote and encourage their cotton manufactories.
Ordered that a letter be written to Sir Joseph Banks, bart., President of the Royal Society, transmitting to him a copy of the above mentioned letter and desiring that he would communicate his opinion whether in consequence of the information therein given this Persian cotton can be cultivated to advantage in our West India Islands and that he would suggest any steps which the Committee can properly take for encouraging the growth of it.2
DOMINICA: GOVERNOR SIR JOHN ORDE TO LORD SYDNEY, 30 March 17883
. . . It would also give me great pleasure to receive His Majesty's directions, for which I have been anxiously waiting, respecting the____________________