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In 1841, New Zealand became a British colony, the first edition of Punch was published in London and the travel agent, Thomas Cook led the first privately chartered excursion train in England.Meanwhile in Hull, in June of the same year, John Rollit, the son of a local cabinet-maker was admitted as a solicitor and taken into partnership by local solicitor William Dryden in a firm that became Dryden Sons and Rollit.
In 1850, he set up his own law firm at 62 Whitefriargate in Hull, becoming Rollit and Son when his son joined him in partnership in 1863.
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