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THE CHARACTER of the GRANTS -NEGATIVE
* EXTRACT from a LETTER from WILLIAM ETTY (ARTIST) to his BROTHER WALTER
Blake Street - York, Thursday Night 5th Oct1837
“, I said £300 - for the two - as I wished to turn them into cash”
“he put down on the table a 100£ note and two fifties - I declined it - he threw down another 50 - I declined it and he pocketed the notes and pocket book; but I confess under all circumstances, when he had done so, and was seeing us out into the passage - and bidding us good-night, I felt sorry I had not bit,”
* Dr Peter McDouall’s Evidence to the Parliamentary Committee on the payment of wages. This considered the wages of Lancashire textile worker, - 17th June 1842
Even though the truck system had been banned by law 10 years before, this and the other abuses in payment of wages continued.
Workers couldn’t complain because they would be fired from their jobs if they did so.
They had no recourse to the law because the magistrates were often factory owners like the Grants. Even though it was against the law for magistrates to try cases of workers from their own (or their family and acquaintances factories) they often did so.