Letters of John Buddle to Lord Londonderry, 1820-1843 - Publications of the Surtees Society v. 217 (Hardback)Anne Orde (editor)
Hardback 450 Pages / Published: 19/09/2013
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John Buddle (1773-1843), the most eminent coal viewer and mining engineer and manager of his day, worked for a number of different coal owners in North-East England. In particular, for over twenty years he acted as colliery manager for Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry. In this capacity Buddle wrote to his employer more than 2,000 letters, of which this book provides a selection. They give not only a detailed, and at times almost a day-to-day account of the coal trade of the Tyne and Wear at a time when the industry was expanding rapidly, but also a discussion of Lord Londonderry's always difficult financial affairs, of his local political activities, and the general condition of the region in a period of change. Buddle emerges from these letters as a self-confident professional man with far-reaching ideas tempered by prudence, ready to speak his mind and by no means always agreeing with his aristocratic employer, though ultimately always bowing to his decisions; Londonderry is revealed as ambitious, willful, and incapable of living within his means. The letters reveal the sometimes troubled relationship between the two very different men, one that came close to breaking-point in 1841, though the breach was repaired before Buddle's death in 1843; more widely, they paint a vivid picture of north-east England in the early nineteenth century, of its politics, its economy, and its social situation at a time of lively development. Anne Orde is a retired Senior Lecturer in History, University of Durham.
Publisher: Surtees Society
Number of pages: 450
Weight: 892 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 35 mm
John Buddle's letters are a trove of information about the workings of the north-east coal trade as it experienced its greatest upheaval, a defining point in which Buddlehimself was a pivotal figure. ARCHIVES Anne Order's immaculate editing of Buddle's letters...is a welcome addition to our knowledge of the man acclaimed in his time as he leading mining engineer of the North East. NORTHERN HISTORY
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