My 4xg-grandfather Francis Somner (1803-1891) moved from farming in Berwickshire to becoming a seedsman and commission agent in Kelso, Roxburghshire. Thanks to the British Newspaper Archive I’ve just found a pair of adverts referring to his new business, where the former seedsman recommends his customers to continue to use the shop under its new owner. There’s an advert immediately after by Francis setting out his terms of business.
Newcastle Journal – Saturday 23 November 1844
ANDREW LOCKIE, SEEDSMAN in KELSO, on retiring from the Trade, returns his best Thanks to his Friends and the Public for the extensive Patronage which his late Father and himself have so long enjoyed. The Business has been disposed of to Mr FRANCIS SOMNER, late of West Morriston, whom A.L. takes the liberty of recommending to the continued Support of his Customers.
West Morriston, Nov. 16, 1844
FRANCIS SOMNER, with reference to the above Notice, begs to solicit a Continuance of the Support bestowed on Mr Lockie, and to assure his Friends and the Public, that no Exertion on his part shall be wanting to merit their Approbation – by always keeping Genuine SEEDS, and Selling them on Moderate Terms.
Kelso, Nov. 18, 1844