HL Becker to his wife Mary

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Written from Manchester. Tells her of his interview with Mr. Binks who has patent for making P... which seems good but unwilling to add to his old father's anxieties (Ernst Hannibal Becker 1771-1852). The real reason is unwillingness to work for the family after the old man is gone. The cost of the apparatus he reckons about £1000 (first part of letter incomplete, but another sheet marked 'Continued' and signed H.L. Becker) relates that on his return from Rochdale the day before he called at Foxdenton and found there Capt. Elliott his wife and two children. Does not intend to bring any provisions on Saturday; he hopes to find Lydia better..