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  AMERICA 
 Eastern Seaboard 

HOFFMAN, Edward. [A rare prospect of Lawrence, Massachusetts]
View of the City of Lawrence Mass. Dedicated to Samuel Lawrence. Boston: A.J. Wandra, c.1854. Tinted lithograph. Sheet 680 x 975mm. Repair to bottom right margin.
A large prospect of Lawrence, an industrial settlement founded by a consortium intending to use the waters of the Merrimack River to power mills. Named after one of the founding industrialists, Abbott Lawrence (1792-1855), this view seems to have been published at the time of Lawrence's incorporation as a city in 1853. Although built with philanthropic ideals (the text counts 14 churches and 14 schools), Lawrence was still hardly a worker's paradise: in 1860, only about five years after being named in this print, the Pemberton Mill collapsed, killing 145 of its 800 workers, with 166 injured.
[Ref: 19185]    £1,600.00 ($2,075 • €1,858 rates)


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