George Elson's autobiography was published when he was 67.
"A most interesting account of upward mobility from a beggar and travelling chimney-sweep, experiencing hunger, poverty and an outdoor existence, to a position of respectability as successful masseur to the gentry, living in a large house and employing servants.
"Fascinating descriptions are
provided of an itinerant way of life, with comments on other travellers such as
the navvies, Irish labourers, gypsies and pot-hawkers. Other subjects include
seasonal labour and the beginnings of trade unionism among agricultural
labourers. The autobiography was intended to encourage others to avoid
temptations and illegal activities even if experiencing deprivation and external