His father was a tradesman of limited means, but of studious character and active mind.
Towards the end of this same year The Complete English Tradesman, which may be supposed to sum up the experience of his business life, appeared, and its second volume followed two years afterwards.
His first wife died without children, and in 1809 he married Martha Wood, daughter of a tradesman of Bolton-le-Moors.
That's a tradesman, that is to say, he's the restaurant keeper, Vereshchagin.
His father, who was a wealthy man and possessed at any rate a smattering of Greek, Latin and French, was thought to have demeaned himself by marrying the daughter of an Andover tradesman, who afterwards retired to a country house near Reading, where young Jeremy spent many happy days.