Benefiting from the ‘comforts of ease & afluence’: The experience of female business retirement in the diary of Sarah Florry

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This article examines the unpublished autobiography/diary of a late eighteenth-century Birmingham based businesswoman to explore the phenomenon of female retirement in this period. Despite plentiful recent research on the regularity of female business ownership in the eighteenth-century there have been little to no examinations of how such businesses ended, other than where they went bankrupt. Such a vacuum of scholarship has reinforced a despondent image of elderly women in this period. Without denying that old...

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