To date Brown’s story has not been told in any great detail, and in the few instances where his achievements have been noted the records are marred by inaccuracies. While the story is prima facie an historical biography it also highlights the travail and frustrations faced by the early aviation pioneers – in an age of innovation and advancement they were viewed by many in the scientific community, and the general public, as being no more than providers of novelty entertainment. Brown never accepted this role and had a greater vision of the future of aviation.
Brown’s story also reflects the many interesting, and to us, peculiar aspects of contemporary Victorian society.
Chapter 20: The Dodge
‘Mr Coppin, it would appear, if we are honest with each other, that this venture has not succeeded.’ Brown was conscious that he was stating the obvious.
Coppin looked at Brown for a moment, and then turned back to the ledger in front of him.
‘Will you please free me from my contract?’ persisted Brown.
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