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Business and Family in the North of England During the Early Industrial RevolutionRecords of the Lives of Men and Women in Trade, 1788-1832$
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Hannah Barker and David Hughes

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266700

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266700.001.0001

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Introduction to the Wilson Correspondence

Introduction to the Wilson Correspondence

(p.31) Introduction to the Wilson Correspondence
Business and Family in the North of England During the Early Industrial Revolution
Hannah Barker, David Hughes
British Academy

The Wilson family were snuffmakers, who founded a snuff manufactory at Sharrow in Sheffield in the mid-eighteenth century, after Joseph Wilson inherited £1,900 from the estate of his father, a shear-smith and edge-tool maker.1 Between December 1788 and December 1795 members of the family and their associates exchanged a series of letters offering a unique insight into a trading family in crisis. These letters and associated business papers survive in the family archive housed at Sharrow mill in Sheffield. Here the Wilsons’ descendants continue to manufacture snuff in the same eighteenth-century building as their ancestors did....

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