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Swansea Bank Cheque for £25, 1831

Swansea Bank, Glamorganshire.  Messrs. Walters, Voss & Walters.  No. 123, 18 February 1831. Pay to Allen Page Esqr.   or Bearer  £25 .. o .. o   Twenty five pounds - for Acct. with Free Bridge Trust     Signed Jn Grove
One central vertical fold, and two small minor folds at the lower corners, otherwise slight foxing at the left edge, otherwise Fine-GF.

The original John Voss, who died in 1818, operated a variety of unrelated businesses: draper, printer, and banker. Not content to make his fortune and hide behind it, Voss entered into many aspects of community life with great enthusiasm. He was treasurer of Seren Gomer, the Baptist-Radical journal printed in Welsh, and which was published at a considerable loss to its proprietors. He was also secretary to the Swansea Dispensary, treasurer of the Swansea branch of the association for prosecuting felons, and a vigorous promoter of the Swansea Canal. Writing of Voss in The Cambrian a correspondent said: "His assiduity, great regularity, and punctuality were rarely excelled - his commercial correspondents highly valued and honoured him as a man of fine probity - he was a good neighbour and a useful and active citizen... The world justly styled him an honest man." His shilling token issued for the drapery business depicts Swansea Castle.
The family business was to be continued by Voss' son, John Mathew Voss, who concentrated on banking.
The Voss-Walters bank was robbed in 1828 of £24,000 while Walters was attending a Sunday morning church service. The cheeky thieves scribbled "Watch as well as Pray" on the floor beside the opened safe. They were never apprehended.

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