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The Life And Career Of Frederick Cornes

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Frederick Cornes' lineage can be accurately traced back to the eighteenth century when his grandfather was a tenant farmer at Hall O'Heath, near Haslington in Cheshire. After careful consideration of the other available options, Cornes decided to join his knowledge of the silk trade with Aspinall's expertise in tea; so, as noted above, on 1 April 1861 they commenced in business together under the name of Aspinall, Cornes and Company. Frederick Cornes was to spend much of his time in Britain visiting potential suppliers and clients and doing all he could to strengthen his business contacts. There can be no doubt that Frederick Cornes was not only a highly successful entrepreneur but that he also played an important role in the emergence of modern Japan. These were enormous achievements for one who began life with little except a sound education and a sharp intellect.

Keywords: Aspinall; Frederick Cornes; modern Japan; silk trade



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