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"The person who will call for this bill will bring a sample of the very best reels of cotton for sale" :- Apparently the spinners distributed copies of the broadside and returned later with cotton for sale and retrieved the broadside for re-use. The broadside was printed in London. This raises two possibilities a) The more likely scenario is that the spinners went to London in search of work and used the sale of cotton reels as a stop-gap until they could find better employment. Perhaps they had money to fund the printing of the broadside or perhaps a printer was prepared to give them some copies on spec. b) the broadside was printed in London and sent to Manchester for distribution. From 1838 it was possible to send goods from London to Manchester by railway but there were perfectly good printers in the Manchester area.


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