The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post/Death of Thomas Kerslake
In literary circles in a Bristol many will regret to learn of the death, announced in our obituary column, of Mr Thomas Kerslake, one of the most famous booksellers of the old school. For the vest part of half a century he was in business at the bottom of Park street, near the Literary and Philosophic Institution, now the wellknown Masonic hall, and afterwards he removed to the top of that thoroughfare, Mr Kerslake was not only notable for his knowledge of the value of old books, but was a great collector and an authority on most bookish matters. As an antiquarian he had a store of literary knowledge, as was manifest on many occasions in his contribution to the Mercury and to "Notes and Queries," as well as to other publications, Only a few years ago he took part in one or two literary discussion in the columns of this journal. He retired from business a short time ago, and had reached the advanced age of 78 years when he ided yesterday at his residence, Wynford, Clevedon.