The Story of the Plymouth Co-operative society 1860 - 1960
Author: R. Briscoe
" It is a real privilege to have been asked by the General Committee of the Plymouth Co-operative Society to compile this Centenary History. I use the word "compile" advisedly, for I readily acknowledge my indebtedness to many others. The first history of the society was written in 1892 by John Webb, the first secretary of the society. it is a remarkably well written account of the early days, for Mr. Webb brought to his task an intimate knowledge of the events and the individuals concerned in them, and welded the whole together in a humorous and lively story. Subsequently, when the Co-operative Union Congress visited Plymouth for the second time in 1910, Mr. E. C. Burton wrote a souvenir history to celebrate the society's jubilee, and the story was taken a stage further in 1920 by the former president of the society, Mr. W. P. Watkins, B. A.
The preparation of this book has not been an easy task. It has been difficult to decide what to include and what to omit. I am only too painfully aware that my selection of the facts will not please everybody, but I have tried to do the job honestly and to the best of my ability. I apologise to anyone who feels that he or his relatives have not received the mention merited by circumstances, but would plead in extenuation that this story has been made by thousands of Plymothians and others over a century, so that, somewhere, a line had to be drawn. "
The book is in fair condition throughout.
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