[Bell Historians] W & T Mears 1791 bankruptcy ??

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford.t21 at 6wcOkNjpTEIRt3FvXorsGpRhNNEirXXZQChtIW9fh7sXmOMuItT8XmuvtrXIi7OnBBX8-K4bRwbfuHT2IY7IaIC3Xa0HS_s.yahoo.invalid
Sat Oct 4 10:49:25 BST 2008

Hasty reply on this - just going out - but you've pointed out a typo in my article. It should, of course, have said Thomas Mears I (1790 to 1804) not Thomas II. This Thomas was the brother of William (as evident from the Ashdon correspondence), and he took his son Thomas II into partnership in 1804/5


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Brian Meldon 
  To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 10:15 AM
  Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] W & T Mears 1791 bankruptcy ??

  Thanks for the information Chris
  This does raze the question of what Thomas Mears actually made the 4th
  bell in Canewdon in 1791. It has always been attributed to the first
  Thomas Mears but according to your information Thomas Mears 2nd had
  taken over in 1790.
  I have uploaded to the files section the images of the signatures on
  the three Thomas Mears documents that we have, one is on the estimate
  from 1791 the second is on a letter requesting payment for the
  transportation of the old bell back to London also in 1791 and the
  third that is a little different is on a bill for a hand bell in 1793.
  Perhaps the signatures can be identified as to what Thomas Mears they
  belong to.

  The inscription on the bell is as follows:

  Thomas Mears, Late Lester Pack & Chapman of London Fecit 1791

  Brian Meldon

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