Committee of the Association of Potters - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

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Date:9th of March 1812

Description:Joseph Machin, Chairman of the Committee of Potters, addressed this notice to fellow manufacturers in the Potteries.


A ruinous war with France had brought Britain's business to its knees - a situation not helped by a serious dispute with the United States.

A series of Orders in Council in 1807 helped to bring about a situation in which France and Britain attempted to stop the United States trading with one another.

When American ships became caught in this cross-fire, US President Thomas Jefferson ordered a stop to trading relations with Britain.

Losing the American market meant serious damage to the pottery industry, as well as many others.

A meeting of manufacturers was therefore called for midday on 2 April 1812 at the Swan Inn, Hanley.

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This document was collected by local industrialist Enoch Wood and is now part of the collections at Stoke-on-Trent Museums.


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