chapter  6
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Vitriol in the Industrial Revolution

We may fairly judge of the commercial prosperity of a country from the amount of sulphuric acid (oil of vitriol) it consumes.!

By 1843, oil of vitriol had been manufactured in Great Britain for over a century, during which time it brought about more than one revolution in social technology, yet even today it is impossible to find an extended account of the first century of this fundamental industrial chemical, which of all materia chemica had the greatest effect on the course of late eighteenthand early nineteenth-century economic history.