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   Samuel Slater and Arkwright continuous spinning  

Samuel Slater formally entered in partnership with William Almy, Moses Brown's son-in-law and Smith Brown, one of his cousins. They were later joined by Moses Brown's son Obadiah. It took Slater one year and the assistance of local mechanics, such as ironmaster Oziel Wilkinson, the latter's son David and wheelwright Sylvanus Brown, to build three carding machines, including the drawing and roving frame as well as two spinning frames. The first American cotton mill, using Arkwright's water powered permanent spinning, started in December 1790. Within ten month the Pawtucket mill supplied yarn for

 

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