Symson, Joseph

The Joseph Sympson mentioned in the Bellingham diary is probably Joseph Symson (1650-1731), whose letter book has been edited and published. He is described by the editor as ‘a mercer, shopkeeper, and twice mayor of the Westmorland market town of Kendal. A man who, when he died, aged eighty-one years in 1731, was probably Kendal’s most senior and respected inhabitant.’ [1]

[1] Joseph Symson and Simon David Smith, An Exact and Industrious Tradesman: The Letter Book of Joseph Symson of Kendal, 1711-1720 (British Academy, 2002), xxi,

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