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For the benefit of the work people, Mr. Morley rewarded old and faithful employees, in the way of pension and allowance. At the time this was altogether unprecedented in the history of commercial businesses, and these dispossessed hand- knitters were the people who had the first consideration as beneficiaries. Mr. Samuel Morley suggested the idea of a pension scheme, and for many years he went down and paid the first installments of gifts and pensions to old employees in person. The cost of this was subsidised by the firm, and the amount paid in any one year was never less than £2,000 (£170,000 today).

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