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This Is Your Life - Richard Arkwright

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This Is Your Life: Richard Arkwright Michael: Now, moving on we come to the year of 1781. In this year we come to one the biggest disputes of the time. Richard's patents. He was one of the first people to take out patents on an Invention in England but that wasn't the problem. The problem was that his invention wasn't really new. There had been some machines of that type before it. But none of those were patented. Our friend Richard here had just improved the machines and found a way to power them. But people were now frustrated because now if they made one in their home or in a workshop they would be sued. This made him unpopular with common folk though. Here to get a better perspective is one of his lawyers, Samuel Poppy. Samuel: Hello. Nice to see you again, Richard. Yes. These were troubling times for us. We struggled to keep Richard's beautiful creation under control. ...read more.


Would every one put there hands together for the real King George III (applause). George: Hello. When I heard that the show was about Richard I just had to come. By the way it's great to see you again. It's been what, 200 years since our last encounter. Too long, too long. Sorry to move away for a second but Michael your show is fantastic, there should be more of you on TV. Michael: Oh, Thank You. George: Back to the point Arkwright was a great man. He did a huge favour to his country. Without him I don't know what would have happened. With his invention we could mass produce the clothes that my people needed. Also it created a huge amount of jobs in his factory; and in the mine, where all the coal that was needed to power his machine was from. ...read more.


We began to see changes in Sir Richard a few months before his death. He became wheezy and could not talk that well. He had always been a man for horse riding but he just could not manage it anymore. Then as it drew to the last week of his life he became very sick. Even with the best doctors at his side it seemed to be his time. He was worth a great amount of money then �500,000. Now a days it is not as big a sum it used to be though. Well I'd just like to finish off by saying that he was a great man and I will always be at his side. Thank You. Michael: Great. Would you like to finish off Richard? Richard: Ok then. I would never have dreamt that I would mean so much to England even such a length of time further on. None of you will never know what this means to me. I guess there's nothing else to say except good night. BY DANIEL BARNES ...read more.

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