The History Of The Halifax Industrial Society: Limited, For Fifty Years: To Commemorate The Celebration Of Its Jubilee In January, 1901 (Classic Reprint).pdf
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Publisher: Forgotten Books (27 Sept. 2015)
By: Montague Blatchford (Author)
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Although this little history has occupied four-fifths of my working hours since midsummer, and I have had the willing assistance of Mr. Edmund Wood, the president of the Society: Mr Handel Tetlaw, the secretary: and Messrs. James Parker, E. Gaukroger, Jas. Haigh, W. Thompson, and T. Illingworth, the other members of the history committee: of Messrs. John Shillito, Joseph Thorpe, John Shaw, and many other old officials, not forgetting the voluminous recollections of Mr. Leonard Storey: I am not entirely satisfied, even now, that justice has been done to the subject. For fifty years is a long time, and when I mention that the ninety-nine half-yearly balance sheets alone could hardly be squeezed into eight volumes, each the size of this, you will see at once what has been the main difficulty: that of deciding what could best be left out.
My entire ignorance of the history of the Society, and of almost all the men who have made that history, is not such a drawback as some might suppose, as it not only compelled me to learn the history for myself, but enabled me to do so without that bias or prejudice which a writer with a personal interest in the subject might have been tempted to display. Knowing nothing of the subject, I have had to rely upon the written records available, and have, for nearly six months, literally wallowed in minute books, ledgers, deeds, old letters, balance sheets, and newspaper reports, aided by the recollections of the old members who have been so willing to assist: and I have not admitted anything that, in my judgment, the written records of the Society fail to support.
My instructions were to present, as far as possible, a chatty history, in narrative form, and those instructions I have done my best to carry out.
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