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    http://eastlondonhistory.com/2014/05/09/william-west/



    A normal day for the young immigrant. But In those early hours of 30 September 1888 he would unwittingly find himself caught up in the Whitechapel Murders. We’ll never know for sure whether he stumbled across the body of Elizabeth Stride, the third victim of the serial killer who would become notorious as ‘Jack the Ripper’, or simply passed on oblivious, but West would be called as the first witness in the inquest of the unfortunate ‘Long Liz’.
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  • #2
    Or Woolf Wess, his actual, non-anglicised, name.

    Wolf.

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    • #3
      I found a link to some archives available on William "Woolf" Wess. It contains a photograph c.1911; press cuttings, Yddish journals including 1888; Wess's tobacco dealer's license (1903); membership card of London Society of Compositors; notebook containing accounts of social agitation fund. Anyone in London have an interest in obtaining this? I would be willing to help with costs, if they aren't astronomical, that is.

      http://mrc-catalogue.warwick.ac.uk/records/WES

      Here is where to get them:

      A copy of this catalogue is available at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.
      An authority record exists for William Wess (GB 0152 AAR0978).

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      • #4
        Excellent find, Jerry. I too am always willing to contribute toward obtaining records. (Provided I can contribute via check mailed to How or some such as I never do business online.)
        The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Anna Morris View Post
          Excellent find, Jerry. I too am always willing to contribute toward obtaining records. (Provided I can contribute via check mailed to How or some such as I never do business online.)
          Thanks, Anna,

          I saw this was also part of the record.

          International Working Men's Educational Club, c1890
          Reference number
          MSS.240/W/3/15
          Date
          c1890
          Level
          Item
          Description
          Includes correspondence from H M Hyndman, William Morris, and Annie Besant regarding celebration of anniversary of foundation; rules of club; manifesto (in Yiddish).
          Extent
          1 file
          Access status
          Open

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          • #6
            Rose Rosinsky

            Rose Rosinsky, Jan 1890-Mar 1891
            Reference number
            MSS.240/W/3/23
            Date
            Jan 1890-Mar 1891
            Level
            Item
            Description
            Letters to William Wess. Rose Rosinsky was a young friend of Wess. She worked at the Standard factory at Redditch.
            Extent
            1 file
            Access status
            Open

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jerry Dunlop View Post
              I found a link to some archives available on William "Woolf" Wess [...] Anyone in London have an interest in obtaining this? I would be willing to help with costs, if they aren't astronomical, that is.
              [...]
              Here is where to get them:

              A copy of this catalogue is available at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.
              An authority record exists for William Wess (GB 0152 AAR0978).
              Thank you, Jerry,
              I personally find it interesting, but I believe the archive is kept at the University of Warvick in Coventry, not in London. So interested parties should go there, I think.

              I should add that I am professionally envious of the level ressources that has enabled registering the archive with such detail. The same attention to detail, however, shows that the archive contains lots of material of interest to researchers of socialism and Wess himself etc.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kattrup View Post
                Thank you, Jerry,
                I personally find it interesting, but I believe the archive is kept at the University of Warvick in Coventry, not in London. So interested parties should go there, I think.

                I should add that I am professionally envious of the level ressources that has enabled registering the archive with such detail. The same attention to detail, however, shows that the archive contains lots of material of interest to researchers of socialism and Wess himself etc.
                Hi Kattrup,

                You might be correct about Coventry. That was my initial thought, but then I saw the reference to the National Archives and thought they might be available there.

                I agree with you on the detail of the archive. I wish they were all like this one. Also, in this archive is mention of William Morris. I found a book published by Morris and contains another photo of Wess in 1902. Page 193 in the following link.

                https://books.google.com/books?id=T0...20wess&f=false

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                • #9
                  Go Wess, young man.

                  Hello Jerry. Nice work.

                  I obtained a good bit of Wess' material from a British University a few years back. Have you seen it?

                  Cheers.
                  LC

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lynn Cates View Post
                    Hello Jerry. Nice work.

                    I obtained a good bit of Wess' material from a British University a few years back. Have you seen it?

                    Cheers.
                    LC
                    Hi Lynn,

                    Thanks.

                    I have not seen it. Is it posted on one of the forums?

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