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Bookbinders in 1787

Below is an extract from the  DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES section of
 _The Gentleman's Magazine_, London, may 1787. The playing field
is a bit more level than it used to be.

 "Tuesday 8 (May)

Five journeymen bookbinders received judgement in the Court of King's
Bench, for a conspiracy against their masters, in demanding an
abridgement of their hours of labour, and leaving their work when
refused. Their sentence was, two years imprisonment in Newgate.
Twenty-four were concerned in the conspiracy."

Lawrence Roberts

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