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1800s Dr. Edmund Smith of Bolton produced a special lozenge that he gave to his patients to cure various ailments.
Due to an increase in demand, Smith began to produce and sell his Cough No More Lozenge.
Dr. Smith took over a bankrupt drug factory, formerly Thomas Fryer and Co, in Nelson, and began to manufacture his lozenges which became Victory V Lozenges. His younger brother William Carruthers Smith became the manager of the factory.
1882 Dissolution of the Partnership between Thomas Fryer, Kellet Ashton, and William Carruthers Smith, as manufacturing Confectioners, at Nelson, in the county of Lancaster, under the style or firm of Thomas Fryer and Co. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said William Carruthers Smith, who will for the future carry on the said business on his own account, under the same style or firm of Thomas Fryer and Co
Some connection with Fryer and Co (Nelson)?