William Austin wrote the next day:
"This afternoon we have paid off several of these Amazons & presume that they will leave town on Monday."2
William Austin described the operatives' procession as an: "amizonian display."3
Some months since I had a conversation with you on the subject of your Boarding Houses – when you stated the difficulties the keepers of them labour’d under of meeting their expenses at the present rates of Board. And it was understood that you would use your endeavours to relieve them by offering a “Bounty” on the Board of those employ’d in your Mills, and the reduction of Rents in such cases, as seemed peculiarly to require it. This temporary arrangement it was hoped, would answer all the purposes desired, until the prices of Provisions were reduced to such rats as would enable you to resume your previous prices for Board. Contrary to our expectations prices of provisions instead of falling have continued to maintain the same value and in many instances have advanced it seems therefore necessary, that something should be done to meet the exigency of the times – or Bankruptcy must attend those engaged in keeping the Houses. I wish therefore that you would take an early occasion to call a meeting of the Agents of the different Companies and endeavour to agree on some plan to relieve the parties interested – which may be done by an augmentation of “Board” or the reduction of Rent as may seem most expedient.
You will please show this to Mr Means and Mr Aiken and act in concert.
March 23, 1836
. . .acknowledge the receipt of yours touching the boarding houses, . . .
I have closed accounts with the Bank to day for past month and have drawn for $19,000 at 4 months. The compensation allowed the tenants is 12 ½ cents extra for females and 6 cents for Males and on the same place as the 5 cents per week extra had been before allowed. This I believe will afford relief when it is deserved but all at the expense of the Companies and nothing from the operatives. They continuing to pay the same prices, and working at same prices. I hope by early and late hours to compensate for absences, so far as to look after a bill reported by the committee on education, reflecting somewhat on Manufacturing corporations, but I [share?] a miserable chance in the legislative portion of my pursuits.
April 21, 1836
In the mean time, we are equalising our machinery so as to balance each mill, as near as may be, on itself, and thus produce emulation and avoid the labor of transportation of material from mill to mill.