Excerpt from Memoir of Benjamin Braidley, Esq.
But though thus early he had discovered a decided taste for pursuits which were purely of an intellectual kind, and though strongly urged by his preceptor to dedicate his son to one of the learned professions, his father determined that he should be sent to Manchester, in order to acquire a know ledge of the trade and manufactures of that emporium of the traffic of the world.
Accordingly he was apprenticed to Messrs. Arrowsmith and Ryder, who were largely engaged in the linen trade, and seems to have taken great interest in his new occupation; as the writer has heard it stated that he became one of the best judges of the kind of goods in which the house dealt. He was also remarkable for his readiness at accounts, and the neatness and exactness with which he kept the books. Having remained with this house some time after the period of his apprenticeship had expired, and secured for him self the esteem of his masters, and all with whom he had been connected, he entered into partner ship with a gentleman in the commission business, and subsequently with one of the most extensive and wealthy firms in the town. Whilst connected with this firm he acquired considerable property; which, however, was unhappily lost 6. Sharp commercial crisis which followed.
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