Jacquard double weave coverlet. Seamless with hemmed top and bottom and side selvages. Woven in four corners "Agriculture and Manufacturers Are the Foundation of Our Independence. July 4, 1826 GNRL LAFAYETTE". Also woven along both top and bottom borders "M.Hopins".
Woven in mills at Hackessack, N.J. for Harrison Hopkins of West Blookfield, N.Y. from wool carded and spun in his own household in 1818. It was probably woven for Martha Merene French his grand daughter and was brought by her mother Harriet, to Peru, Illinois in 1838 when she came here with her husband, Daniel Merritt. Mr. and Mrs. Merritt were the parents of the donor.; James Alexander was a Scotsman who worked in Little Britain, Orange County, New Jersey. One of his first patterns was the patriotic design. His many weavers also used this design. The date of this coverlet is very early for a Jacquard seamless coverlet. It may have been woven on a full draw look or a patent carpet loom.