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of Smedley, Manchester
1788 Advert: 'THOMAS APPLETON, of Manchester, Paper maker, by Reason of his bad State of Health, has by Deed of Letter of Licence and Covenants, given full Power and Authority to his Father James Appleton, of Smedley, Paper-maker, and manage his Affairs, and to collect his Debts, in order that the Creditors of the said Thomas Appleton, may be paid their respective Demands, with all convenient speed.
This is therefore to give Notice,
That the said Deed lodged at the Office of Mr. George Nabb, in Manchester, to be inspected and executed by the Creditors of the said Thomas Appleton, who aredesired to send in their Accounts immediately, either the aforesaid James Appleton, or to Mr. Nabb’s Office, that the same may be inspected, to ascertain the real Amount of the said Thomas Appleton's Debts. And all Persons who are indebted to the said Thomas Appleton, are requested to pay their Debts to the said James Appleton directly.
N.B. In Consequence of the above, the Business will now again be carried on by his Father James Appleton, who earnestly solicits the Renewal of his Friends Favours, which will always be very thankfully received, and may rely on their Orders being executed with Fidelity and Dispatch.'
1794 'Last week one of the paper mills belonging to Mr. James Appleton, of Smedley, near Manchester, which raged with such fury that it was totally reduced to ruins. ....'