Blundell Spence Market Agreement

There were others, including Thomas Lee (of Pead & Lee) and John Lawson of Rodney Lodge Warehouse, who was on an 1803 list. Others were Branton & Ross and Joseph Wilkinson & Co (see below). The exact number of colors and men of color who worked in Hull in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is almost impossible to determine, because early commercial directories are very unreliable and there was a tendency to repeat the mistakes of the other. Not all companies have entered directories either, as shown by the missing entries for Branton & Ross and Joseph Wilkinson & Co etc. It is therefore quite a matter of success and miss to guess the number of companies, even if it seems that, from an early number of about four or five at the end of the eighteenth century, the figures of the 1830s and 1840s did not stop increasing to reach 10 on average and changed little until the end of the nineteenth century. . . .