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William Halley

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1823 advert: 'HALLEY’S IRON FOUNDERY, Blowing Machine. Plough and Agricultural Implement Repository, Holland Street, Blackfriars’ Road.
WILLIAM HALLEY, in soliciting the attention of Iron Founders, Anchorsmiths, and Smiths in general, to a consideration of his BLOWING MACHINES, feels himself now freed from any necessity of entering minutely upon their merits, after so general an adoption for more than three years by the Honourable the Commissioners of His Majesty’s Navy, and a long list of the most respectable establishments in town, whose unequivocal testimony in their favour he can be always prepared to adduce. He must, however, beg to remark, that ever since he had the honour of being rewarded by the Society of Arts, it has been his constant object to add further improvements in their capacity with simplification of construction, and reduction of their price, and it is with confident assurance of success in this respect he now presumes to offer them to the Public. He rests his claims to the notice and support of his friends, the farmers and agriculturists, entirely upon the merits and superiority of his implements, and respectfully invites their inspection of them at his Repository; in Holland-street, where his dry weather plough, his improved land roller, harrows, and winnowing machine, may be seen. He takes this occasion also of reminding them, that it was his wet and dry weather plough which again carried away the four prizes out of six which were given at the last ploughing match at Sundridge Park, near Bromley.' [1]

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  1. Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Saturday 29 November 1823