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Francis Parsons' career is quite complex as he worked with a number of business partners. The dates are approximate but as accurate as we know of:

13th December 1797 - Alone
22nd December 1797 to 25th March 1800 - with Stephen Crees
28th March 1800 to 28th November 1802 - Alone
4th December 1802 to 23rd March 1803 - with John Bennett
15th January 1803 to 31st May 1805 - Alone
8th June 1805 to 24th December 1806 - with Joseph Goss
2nd January 1807 to 6th August 1808 - with B Goss
19th August 1808 to 30th November 1810 - Alone
4th December 1810 to 6th August 1814 - with Joseph Goss
27th August 1814 to 2nd November 1815 - Alone
25th November 1829 to 20th August 1831 - Alone

Very often his partnerships are recorded as "Parsons & Co." so we can not actually be sure of any of these start and end dates.

It therefore means that Francis Parsons & Stephen Crees only worked together between 22nd December 1797 and 5th September 1799, a period of just over 20 months, during which time they submitted 168 pairs of sugar tongs for assay

168 pairs of tongs were assayed by this partnership, between and 22nd December 1797 and 5th September 1799.

Click here to see some tongs by Francis Parsons alone
Click here to see some tongs by Francis Parsons & Joseph Goss
Click here to see some tongs by Francis Parsons & B Goss

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c1797 - 1799

c1797 - 1799

c1797 - 1799