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of Melville Street, Lincoln
1859 May. Partnership commenced.
1860 Court case: Joseph Lee v. Adam Borland. Lee was described as an engineer, 'and Borland a draper and now an engineer also.' The claim by Lee was for £42 16s 1d, 'the details being somewhat multitudinous and complicated', and followed a falling out between Lee and Borland and the ending of the partnership. The division of assets was acromonious, but, in short, Borland carried on the business of crank-making using the patented machine. There was brief discussion about an alleged infringement of a patent of Lord Brothers of Todmorden, which Borland had evidently claimed had reduced the value of Lee's patent after Borland had bought it for £250. Lee denied any infringement or devaluation, but stated that he had afterwards 'come to terms with them about an improvement I effected in mine; but that was to satisfy Messrs. Ruston, Proctor and Co, and to prevent the possibility of litigation.'. It was reported shortly afterwards that Messrs Lord were to remove the plant to Todmorden, and to work the invention 'by means of a co-partnery'. 'The invention or plan of bending and making the crank is described as exceedingly valuable, the operation of bending being accomplished by the machine almost instantaneously; whereas by the old method done by hand the process was tediously long and, of course, far more expensive.'