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became difficult to procure fuel and the various means for carrying on
the Essex Street Works.|
The making of window-glass in Boston led to the
introduction of the manufacture of flint-glass, arising from the excess of
window-glass blowers, brought into the country by the enterprise of the
Boston Window-Glass Company; many among the number from Europe had worked
more or less in flint-glass works (no unusual thing in England), for a
good flint-glass blower, with manual strength, can fill the part of a
window-glass blower, and exceedingly well.
Among the number was a
Mr. Thomas Caines, now living at South
Boston, having retired from the business with an independent property,
the honest fruit of his skill and industry; he may be truly considered
as the father of the flint-glass business in the Atlantic States.
Mr. Caines proved competent to the task, not only
as a first-rate workman, but possessed the art of mixing the materials and
being able to sustain all the other departments appertaining to the
business. He prevailed upon the proprietors to erect a small six-pot
flint furnace in South Boston.
At that time the articles of flint-glass imported