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Jeremiah Willis may have been poor, hence the need to write "The Beauties of Wensleydale" for money. Uneducated, absolutely not. This needs to be corrected, so in his defence, I will!
Firstly, he was born in Redmire-cum-Bolton 1754.The family were shoemakers, so yes he did appentice in shoemaking and married in 1778. 1781 his first child John Willis was born. Records at the time show him as a schoolmaster in North Cave. From then on, Jeremiah resided in Newton on Ouse where he lived with his family and was recorded as schoolmaster.
The need to write The Beauties of Wensleydale, Pleasures of Sensibility
was for money. Quote;"Some write for pleasure, some for spite. My need for money makes me write."
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilzation as we know it. Jeremiah lived in Carperby whilst reminiscing and writing this beautiful poetry and died in 1822. He is buried at All Saints, Newton on Ouse. The second edition of his book was being published in 1815.