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Mitchell, Mr

Burns's 'good friend', who owned a printing-works in Carlisle, which employed four or five hundred people, 'many of them women and children'. After visiting the works while on his Border tour, Burns dined with Mitchell and left the town. Mitchell's was the last name to be mentioned in the Border Journal, which abruptly terminated.

The City Librarian of Carlisle, Mr Kenneth Smith, has suggested that Mitchell may have been a partner in Messrs Mitchell, Ellwood and Compny, one of four printfields operating in Carlisle in 1794. These establishments are described in William Hutchinson's History and Antiquities of Cumberland.

'The work in the green or bleachyard found employment for men and stout boys. Apprentices were taken tohte several branches of work, viz Drawers, Cutters and Calico printers... Little boys were employed as tearing boys to the printers. Women had tables set out for them to pencil the colours into the pieces. Every table employed three or four female children; and even the youngest boys and girls could make near two shillings a week...

"The chief part of the manufacturing business before the year 1761, consisted of a few check Osnaburg looms, and about a dozen of looms employed in weaving very fine linen. But after the establishment of the manufactory of printed or stamped calicoes, cotton looms were set up. The stamperies had before this been supplied with cottons from Lancashire, at an extraordinary expence in carriage; but now (1794) machinery for carding, roving and spinning of cotton, is erected in different places in the neighbourhood of the city, and they purchase their cottons at a cheaper rate."

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