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Jaffray Collection (Page 4)

John Jaffray was a bookbinder in Victorian London. He was interested in the history of his trade, particularly in union and welfare issues. Jaffray kept scrapbooks, probably compiled in and around the 1850s, which he filled with newspaper clippings, agendas of union meetings and ephemera including trade cards and advertisements.

Scrapbooks mainly relating to strikes and the binders' struggle of 1839

JAFF 151Material includes: 1839 struggle, cloth work dispute of 1837, Master Bookbinders Association 1837-, Friendly Society of Master Bookbinders 1839
 Half bound in black goatskin with marbled paper boards. Spine title tooled in gold: BOOKBINDERS STRUGGLE MDCCCXXXIX. Contents pasted in on black paper.
 [First sheet loose] 'Title page' comprising headlines cut out of newspapers; 'The long and unprecedented struggle of the journeymen bookbinders… London, 1839. Clipping on verso of 'title page', "A hand is writing on the wall, 'Tis clenched, and soon the blow Shall come".
 1. [Loose sheet] 1 folded sheet ink ms letter dated March 28, 1846. [Signatures of writer and recipient indistinguishable].
 2. [Loose sheet] 1 folded sheet, ink ms letter dated 24 Feb 1839 to Mr T J Dunning from Francis Place.
 3. Plain sheet, titled in ink ms notes, Introduction to the "Struggle" with clippings and cartoon on Mr Punch.
 4. 5 plain sheets of notes, ink ms, taken during meetings of Provincial Committee of the Association of Master Bookbinders ? on February 2 1837, February 10 1837, 23 February 1837.
 5. 3 plain sheets with ink ms notes. 'Copy Masters' Circular Feby 1837'.
 6. Printed pamphlet. Master Bookbinders' Association. Fundamental rules with a list of the members… London, 1837. [6a loose sheet inserted at end] Ink ms letter, dated 27 June? 184?6 or ?8, to the Secretary of the Finishers' Friendly Association, signed J Walter K Lyton?.
 7. [Affixed to guard] Printed pamphlet. The First Annual Report of the Committee of the Master Bookbinders' Association … with a list of the members, officers, and committee London, 1838.
 8. Torn sheet of paper [affixed to guard sheet of item 7] with ink ms note headed 'Admission of members', with pencil ms notes including "picked up in Adlard's shop".
 9. Blank printed receipt (number 183) [affixed to guard sheet of item 7] with embossed stamp for subscriptions.
 10. [Loose sheet] Printed sheet (folded) headed Day Working Bookbinders' Society of London. Report of the Advising Committee appointed to the duty of preparing a List of the Jaffray Collection of Trade Documents, pursuant to a Resolution of the Lodge, July 1882. Page 3 has been marked up with pencil ms. According to pencil ms, the 4 books on the list marked 2, 3, 6, 7 were received on June 24 1891 signed ? ? Edmunds.
 11. 3 sheets of plain paper with ink ms notes headed "The history of the Piece work list extracted from the General Committee Minute Book. July 1837".
 12. 2 sheets of plain paper with ink ms notes headed "To the President and Members of Lodge 3" ending with a list of names continued on a separate sheet [12a].
 13. Single sheet of plain paper with ink ms notes headed "Copy of the List of Prices for Cloth Work as agreed by the Master Bookbinders Association 22 August 1837" and affixed to the verso [13a] a single sheet ruled with a table and ink ms notes and figures and with the sentence "Westley's Last List May 4 1840".
 14. Fold out printed sheet, headed, in ink ms notes, 'Journeymens' Price Lists'. Includes price lists for boarded work, silk work, roan embossed work.
 15. Printed sheet Journeymens' Price Lists. List of prices for wrapper work.
 16. Printed sheet Journeymens' Price Lists. List of prices for sheep work.
 17. Printed sheet Journeymens' Price Lists. List of prices for cloth work.
 18. Single sheet of plain paper with ink ms notes "Mr President and gentlemen"… signed J Edwards, Lodge 2. Re fines imposed upon those who accepted the Masters' list.
 19. Single sheet of plain paper with ink ms notes headed "Bye laws respecting apprentices agreed to at a general meeting of the trade held on the 3 March 1836.
 20. 5 sheets of plain paper with ink ms notes. 'Extracts from the General Committee Minute Book. Sept 1837', verso newspaper clipping, printed verse.
 21. 3 sheets of plain paper with ink ms notes. 'Extracts from the Minute Book of the Bookbinders' Auxiliary Protection Society held at the Alphabet..'
 22. Small plain sheet with ink ms notes. 'Copy of the Requisition presented to the Committee, Dec 1838'.
 23. Small plain sheet with ink ms notes. 'Wages of finishers, blockers and assistants Nov 1838'.
 24. 3 plain sheets with in ms notes. 'Resolutions which were to have been submitted to the Plough meeting'.
 25. Single printed sheet, torn. 'Master Bookbinders Association dated Dec 24 1838… The undermentioned day-workers, forwarders etc have struck from Mr Bone's employment…'.
 26. Single printed sheet with the word 'cancelled' written in ink ms at the top. 'To Bookbinders', notice of meeting on Jan 3 at the Alphabet.
 27. Single printed sheet. 'To Bookbinders' dated 24 Dec, notice of meeting on Dec 31 at the Plough.
 On this sheet 4 small clippings from newspapers are also pasted. One is headed 'London Bookbinders' and warns members to be vigilant. An ink ms note, Operative North, has been added.
 Verso, 16 small clippings from newspapers are also pasted, mainly snippets of poetry, but with 2 illustrations.
 28. Newspaper clipping dated Sunday Dec 20 to the Editor of the Operative headed 'Master Bookbinders' Association'.
 29. Printed slip, completed in ink ms note summoning G Sims[?] to the Old Bailey on 14th February to give evidence concerning George Taylor and others in a case of misdemeanour. With ink ms notes on the verso.
 30. Printed slip, completed in ink ms note summoning G Sims[?] to the Old Bailey on 14th February to give evidence concerning John Burton and others in a case of misdemeanour. With ink ms notes on the verso.
 31. Single printed sheet, notice of general meeting on Wed Jan 2, with 14 small clippings pasted on.
31a Plain paper strip with 'Westley son & Jarvis, ? Street, Doctors Commons' in ink ms.
31b Plain paper strip with 'Leighton & Son' in ink ms.
 32. 19 separate newspaper clippings concerning binders being charged with conspiracy; also employers requesting workers.
 33. Plain paper fold out sheet with list of names of members pledging sums to be lent to the Journeymen Bookbinders Society, 10 Jan. Pasted to the fold out sheet, 2 newspaper clippings and 1 printed sheet notifying meeting of the general committee of the Bookbinders' Society, 5th ?
 34. Printed receipt from Society of Bookbinders acknowledging receipt of £5 from J. Jaffray, 1839.

35. Printed receipt from Society of Bookbinders (completed in ink ms) acknowledging receipt of £10 from J. Jaffray, 1839.
 36. Printed receipt from Society of Bookbinders (completed in ink ms) acknowledging receipt of £50 from Charles Pearce, 1839. Ink ms notes on verso.
 37. Printed receipt (completed in ink ms) acknowledging receipt of two shillings and six pence from Mr Jaffray.
 38. Single plain sheet with ink ms notes beginning 'The Committee of the trade call your attention to the events of the last month, that of the employers being determined by their proceedings to crush the independence of the Journeymen Bookbinders…'.
 39. Single plain sheet with ink ms notes. Letter to the Chairman dated Jan 2 39 from Lodge 1, signature indecipherable.
 40. Folded printed sheet, letter from George Fowler of the Trade Society of the Journeymen Bookbinders of London and Westminster, dated Jan 7 1839. Verso of this sheet, ink ms notes. Also letter from Chairman, Committee, Trustees and Secretary to the officers and members of the Bookbinders' Consolidated Relief Fund. Verso, ink ms notes, addressed to J Baker… Lichfield Jan 11. 3 small newspaper clippings pasted to the sheet.
 Also pasted to this sheet, 6 newspaper clippings relating to the struggle between the Masters and the Journeymen.
 41. Single plain sheet with ink ms notes relating how Miss Axon was dismissed from Bone's because her father was on the committee.
 42. Single printed sheet. Notification of meeting of Master Bookbinders' Association on 7 Jan 1839.
 43. Printed notice against Journeymen's Society. Extract from the minutes of a special meeting of the Master Bookbinders' Association held on 9th of January 1839.
 44. Single printed sheet. Address of the …Society of Journeymen Bookbinders of London and Westminster to the Booksellers and Publishers of London and its vicinity… signed James Carss, Jan 7, 1839. With a small newspaper clipping pasted on.
 45. Plain paper sheet with ink ms notes. Letter to the care of Mr Baxter, signed by 6 people including T J Dunning and James Carss.
Also pasted to this page 3 slips of paper with signatures, headed in ink ms notes 'Lodge Secretaries'.
 46. Slip of paper with in ms notes headed 'Committee Secretary'.
 47. Small sheet of paper with ink ms notes listing names and figures, dated Jan? 12 39. Payment of bail?
 48. Printed form, completed in ink giving notice that Samuel Hogg was bound as surety for Robert Hutton, 9 Jan 1839.
Above this form a small newspaper clipping is pasted.
 49. Printed form, completed in ink notifying John Hobson was bound in the sum of £80, and Charles Palmer and Charles Lyte in the sums of £40 to appear at the Central Criminal Court on 4 February.
 50. Printed receipt labelled '1st receipt' in pencil, acknowledging the sum of two shillings and six pence from Mr Jaffray, Jan 12 1839.
 51. Plain paper with ink ms notes, receipt for use of the room no 8 Theobald's Rd, Jan 13, 1839.
 52. Printed sheet 'Second address of the Trade Society of Journeymen Bookbinders and London & Westminster', Jan 14, 1839.
 On the same sheet 2 newspaper clippings.
 53. Printed sheet 'Appeal of the Journeymen Bookbinders to the trade societies of Great Britain and Ireland' dated in pencil Jan 22, with 18 small newspaper clippings pasted to the sheet and page of the scrapbook.
 54. Printed sheet 'Appeal of the Journeymen bookbinders to the trade societies of London and its vicinity'.
 55. Plain paper with ink ms notes, labelled 'copy' in pencil and 'Copy by Mr Harris/J.J.'. Letter to Master Bookbinders Association dated Jan 18, 1839.
 Also pasted to this sheet, 9 slips of paper concerning signatures of the "Extra Judicials" and 3 small newspaper clippings.
 56. Printed sheet 'Appeal of the Journeymen Bookbinders to the Trade Societies of Great Britain and Ireland' dated in ink ms notes 'Jan 22 / 39'. On the verso of this sheet, are ink ms notes concerning committee meeting business and numbers of members in various towns and cities.
 57. Loose broadsheet, folded, asking for support to maintain the right of working men. The sheet is torn.
 58. Printed sheet 'To the Bookbinders of the United Kingdom … from the Bookbinders of Manchester'. This also has 5 small newspaper clippings.
 59. Sheet printed with an illustration of a rat. 17 newspaper clippings pasted on.
 60. Linen backed printed poster 'Just arrived… a huge rat ..property of the Master Bookbinders' Association'.
A huge rat!

A huge rat! © The British Library Board

 61. Printed sheet 'The Combination Laws' lecture on Jan 13 by Mr Macconnell at no 8 Theobald's Rd.
 62. Printed sheet 'Journeymen Bookbinders' Trade Society' notification of a meeting Jan 16 1838.
 63. Newspaper clipping. Letter to the editor of 'The Operative' headed 'Journeymen Bookbinders. Base attempts of the Masters to break up their trade society'.
 64. Printed sheet concerning Master Bookbinders and resolutions of meeting of 14th ?, by order of Eli Soul, Chairman.
 65. Plain sheet with ink ms notes 'Resolved that nine gentlemen be appointed as a committee for drawing up the address and watching the progress of this…' Relating to the Small ?masters Society?.
 66. 4 newspaper clippings. I) from the Operative Jan 20 headed 'the Masters and Journeymen Bookbinders' ii) headed 'Meeting of Master Bookbinders' iii) signed Eli Soul, Chairman [of Master Bookbinders] iv plain slip of paper with 'Eli Soul/ 26 Tabernacle walk' in ink ms.
 67. 4 columns of newspaper clipping headed 'Meeting of Journeymen Bookbinders' (4th column is pasted to the next page).
 68. Ink ms letter to Mr ?Ecles, Bookbinder of 54 Exmouth St.
 69. 3 newspaper clippings. Letters; I) to the editor of the Glasgow Argus from the Bookbinders of Glasgow, Jan 17, 1839. ii) letter from Eli Soul and William Wilton [Master Bookbinders]. iii) 'To The Master Bookbinders "Holy Three"'.
 Also on this page, 3 small newspaper clippings.
 70. Newspaper clipping signed Bevis E Green to Booksellers and Publishers.
 Also on this page, 3 small newspaper clippings; 2 newspaper accounts of the Booksellers and Publishers meeting, and a notice to WMD re Journeymen Bookbinders holding fast for the strike.
 71. Printed pamphlet, 15 pages, 'Proceedings at a meeting of the Booksellers and Publishers of London and Westminster… held Jan 18, 1839. This is guarded in and on the guard are 2 small newspaper clippings.
 72. In ms letter to Mr A Leighton Exmouth St signed A Baxter. [A slip of paper is pasted on, dated 15th May 1846 in pencil and in ink 'Mr J Jaffray with Mr R Stevens Respects A Shaw'.
 73. 2 newspaper clippings. I) from the Operative headed 'Disgraceful conduct of the London booksellers'; ii) 'Public meeting of the Metropolitan booksellers'.
 74. Newspaper clipping 'The Trades' Chronicle. Meeting of Master Bookbinders - Formation of a new society.'
 75. Printed sheet with ink ms additions regarding rule 6, non attendance at quarterly meetings, signed Mr ?Farren, Secretary.