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Extract from minutes of the glass merchants, 1780
Extract from minutes of the glass merchants, 1780


    Samuel Hayward lived at a time when glass as we know it today simply did not exist, and the trade was still sufficiently in its infancy for his great contemporary Samuel Johnson to observe: "Who, when he saw the first sand or ashes by a casual intenseness of heat melted into a metallic form rugged with excrescences and crowded with impurities, would have imagined that in this shapeless lump lay concealed so many conveniences of life as would in time constitute a great part of the happiness of the world?"