Autobiography Of A Manchester Cotton Manufacturer; Or, Thirty Years' Experience Of Manchester by Henry S. Gibbs

Autobiography Of A Manchester Cotton Manufacturer; Or, Thirty Years' Experience Of Manchester

byHenry S. Gibbs

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. REMOVAL TO LANCASHIRE FIRST DAYS IN A COTTON MILL. AT about this time I received an important letter from Mr. John Thornton, a Manchester cotton lord. He was an intimate friend of my brother, who had for some years resided near Manchester. In this letter I was asked if I would like to turn my attention to cotton spinning and manufacturing. It also contained an invitation from the writer to come at an early date and spend a week with him, if I thought favourably of the project. Nothing could suit me better. I promptly accepted the invitation, and on a gloomy morning in February, 1850,1 left the London and North-Western Station at Bristol, at seven a.m., and was en route for Cottonopolis, which I reached at dusk, after the train had been several times stopped through a heavy fall of snow. It was not until I had reached Stockport, and was crossing the viaduct, which affords a comprehensive view of that town, that I began to realize the great change in my life about to take place. There were the mills beneath me, of which I had heard so much, and gloomy structures they appeared; and it must have been the time for "firing up" with most of them, as there was scarcely a chimney visible which did not appear to be doing heavy duty. There was no limit in those days to the production of smoke. A master was not then, as now, liable to a compulsory appearance before the mayor and corporation for making more than a restricted quantity. If the municipal dignitaries are engaged in cotton, he may escape with a small fine--otherwise he is made to consume his own smoke or be for ever pestered by inspectors. I had been making all kinds of conjectures. The sight of Stockport was not cheering to a novice, and I almost began to wish myself in the West of England again. The...

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Title:Autobiography Of A Manchester Cotton Manufacturer; Or, Thirty Years' Experience Of ManchesterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217723292

ISBN - 13:9780217723299

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