The following is from The Cardiff Times 21 March 1885 (found by searching
the Welsh Newspaper site) and gives some indication what a tea traveller
did. As it's a scan there are some curious combinations of letters and
characters. I've corrected some, but am at a loss to figure out the rest!
THE CHARACTER OF A WELSH TEATRAVELLER. EXTRAORDINARY ACTION. In the Court
of Appeal, London, on Wednesday, before the Lord Chief Justice of England.
Lord Justice Baggallay, and Lord Justice Lindley, the case of Allen v.
Evans, which was the appeal of the 'plaintiff from the judgment of Mr
Justice Stephen, at trial at Swansea, was heard. In this case the
plaintiff, Frederick Allen, was a wholesale dealer in tea and coffee in
London, and defendant has been for many years a traveller in Wales for
different tea dealers to sell their teas. In 1883 Evan Richard Evans, son
of the defendant, who lived at Merthyr Tydvil, applied by letter to the
plaintiff for an appointment as his traveller, to sell his teas and
coffees in South Wales, The plaintiff wrote to the defendant for the
applicant's character. The plaintiff wished to know if the applicant was
business-like, sober, honest, and truthful. The defendant, R. Evans, wrote
in reply that the person referred to was of business habits, and he should
think well able to represent the plaintiff in Wales. On the strength of
this letter, the plaintiff appointed Evan A. Evans, the son of the
defendant, his traveller, and he continued for several months to act for
the plaintiff. The results of his travelling being unsatisfactory, showing
but little business, the plaintiff advanced £3 a week in anticipation of
the commissions which the traveller would earn on his sales. The total
advanced amounted to a considerable sum, over £40 beyond what the
traveller's commission came to. The plaintiff refused to advance any more
money, and the engagement ended in August, 1883. The plaintiff
subsequently found out that Evans had sold tea and made collections ior
the plaintiff, and appropriated the proceeds to his own use. Evans, on
being pr?.?sed tatpay and threatened with criminal proceedings, went to
Australia and the plaintiff in consequence. The plaintiff subsequently
discovered that defendant knew that his son had previously misappropriated
money when travelling for other persons in the tea and coffee trade. On
the letter of the defendant 011 which the action was brought to recover
the £60 that the plaintiff lost by the dishonesty of the absconded
traveller, Mr, Justice Stephen held that there was no case against the
defendant, and the question was whether tho learned judge was correct in
his judgment. The Lord Chief Justice, without calling on OAimel for the
respondent, said that the appeal must ba dismissed with costs. There was
nothing misleading in the letter of the defendant as to his sctfiV
character; he did not say that he was honest and a-utbiul; but the letter
did not reach the Jat^hesfc *t«aid*rd of honesty. It wtvs an answer to
questions,. Mid- £ 0 far as it went it was true., Justices Baggallay and
Lindley concurred, the appeal was dismissed with costs.
I did come across (in a different Cardiff newspaper and a different date)
an advert for a Cardiff firm called David Jones & Company, Westminster
Stores which sold "Serendib" Ceylon Tea and "Everybody's" Tea.
Further searches in Cardiff newspapers may help.
On 22/02/2015 21:19, "REGINALD DAVIES via" <dyfed(a)rootsweb.com> wrote:
I would like help with the following obituary in the Fishguard County
Echo for 16 November 1899.
John Thomas died 8 November. A Tea Traveller. Represented a Cardiff firm
for many years. Member of the Forresters and Bethlehem. Leaves widow and
What was a tea traveller and which might have been the Cardiff firm?