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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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Letterbook of Robert Ayrey

Letterbook of Robert Ayrey

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(p.269) Letterbook of Robert Ayrey
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Business and Family in the North of England During the Early Industrial Revolution
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Hannah Barker, David Hughes
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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266700.003.0010

Robert Ayrey was a Leeds milliner and straw hat and stay maker. He wrote his long letter in the pages of a bound book over a period of five months between 2 May and 6 October 1832. His writing was addressed to close relatives living in Tahiti as missionaries. Ayrey wrote to them about personal and local affairs including family news, a visit to Manchester, problems within the nonconformist chapels in Leeds, particularly those linked to his own denomination of Independents, the cholera epidemic, the impact of the abolition of the slave trade, and the social upheavals caused by the passage of the Parliamentary Reform Act and the local parliamentary elections that followed. He also provided lengthy advice about how his relatives should raise their children, including the importance of training their daughters to learn a trade to support them as adults.

Keywords:   Industrial Revolution, Trade, Work, Families, Business, Leeds, Generation, Religion, Gender

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