I am extremely grateful to the following individuals for providing me with information during my research into John Wood's life, in Lowell as well as in Bury, England.
Edna Bickerdike Dally
(John Wood's great-great niece)
(John Wood's great-great-great niece)
Mrs. Carl Gilchrist
(a descendant, by marriage, of Sarah Spencer)
Mrs. Rita Hirst, Reference Librarian, Bury,
England Public Library
Kevin Mullay, Archivist, Bury, England
Lowell Historic Preservation Commission
University of Lowell
Lowell Arts Council
Lowell Historical Society
A Note to Visitors
There is a great significance in minor historical documents and a need to retain even an ordinary person's historical perspective of a specific time and place. Through these three surviving letters, we have been made aware of the quality of life experienced by one ordinary English immigrant to Lowell over 130 years ago and have been able to research and develop a full portrait of this rather insignificant yet extraordinary individual. One man's life will now be remembered and recorded through his own words and personal observations.
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