Mr. Meeson's Will

Mr. Meeson's Will

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Mr. Meeson's Will

Mr. Meeson's Will

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Everybody who has any connection with Birmingham will be acquainted with the vast publishing establishment still known by the short title of “Meeson’s,” which is perhaps the most remarkable institution of its sort in Europe. There are—or rather there were, at the date of the beginning of this history—three partners in Meeson’s—Meeson himself, the managing partner; Mr. Addison, and Mr. Roscoe—and people in Birmingham said that there were others interested in the affair, for Meeson’s was a company.

However this may be, Meeson & Co. were undoubtedly a commercial marvel. the firm employed more than two thousand hands; and its works, lit throughout with the electric fight, cover two acres and a quarter of land. One hundred commercial travellers, at three pounds a week and a commission, went forth east and west, and north and south, to sell the books of Meeson (which were largely religious in their nature) in all lands; and five-and-twenty tame authors (who were illustrated by thirteen tame artists) sat—at salaries ranging from one to five hundred a year—in vault-like hutches in the basement, and week by week poured out that hat-work* for which Meeson’s was justly

* Hat-work, it is perhaps necessary to explain, is work with
no head in it.

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