Nathan Mayer Rothschild in Manchester, 1798-1809
Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) had established himself in Manchester in 1798, aged 21, to streamline the supply of printed cottons and other textiles from British factories to the European markets. Nathan had left Frankfurt to found the Manchester partnership with funds from his father's merchant house. Obliged to develop other aspects of ‘Rothschild Brothers’ (the family business), Nathan Rothschild looked to London to extend the purely financial activities of his mercantile trade, discount and acceptance, for which he was gaining a considerable reputation.
Nathan's marriage to Hannah Cohen, the daughter of one of London's wealthiest Jewish merchants, in 1806 cemented his position in the capital and within five years the Manchester partnership was wound up in favor of ‘N.M. Rothschild & Sons’ of New Court in the City. Textile sample book belonging to N M Rothschild (1777-1836), Manchester, June 1801-July 1804.
RAL reference: RAL I/'Cotton Book'