[Mrs M. A. Cranstoun of Friars Haugh, Borders, Scotland; Charles Erskine of Erskine & Curle, Writers [solicitors], Melrose]
Friars Haugh [Borders, Scotland]; 9 May 1821.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Charles Erskine Esqre. | Melrose'. Docketted: '7 May 1821 | Mrs Cranstown [sic] | About Mr Usher preventing the taking of Gravel'. A well-written letter, and a nice piece of social history. She lays out her case extremely clearly: 'I trouble you with this letter on the following account. Having occasion for some Gravel to beautify our Court, I employed a man to bring it from the river on Friday last. Mr Usher objected to his doing so, the man answered, "have not they a right?
[New York Times; press unions; newspaper printing; electronic typesetting; automation]
[Circa 1974. From an unknown source. (For circulation among members of the English SOGAT and NGA print unions?]
Six pages in double column and one page in single column, on seven leaves roughly 63 x 15.5 cm. Not entirely uniform: dimensions of type of first leaf approximately 50 x 10 cm; and of last (single-column) page roughly 56 x 5 cm. Clear and complete. On aged and folded high-aciditiy paper. Stapled, but with last leaf creased and detached from rest. The article is headed: 'This is a factual account of events that led up to the implementation of a policy that will effectively abolish the traditional methods of printing newspapers, with particular emphasis on the composing area.