A runaway

“I was set….to attend 2 machines for spinning cotton, each of which spun about 50 threads. My business was to supply these machines to guide the threads occasionally and to twist them when the snapd…… about 2 months before I left the place, as I was working and there was a great deal of cotton in the machine, one of the wheels caught my finger and tore it off, it was the fore finger of my left hand. I was attended by the surgeon of the factory Mr Holland and in about 6 weeks I recovered.”

Source Testimony of Thomas Priestley, a runaway from Quarry Bank Mill, 1806. Description of conditions and an accident in which his hand was torn off.
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