R.B. Harrison & Co., were Commission agents and manufacturers’ representatives based in Bridgetown, Barbados. They worked as middlemen between vendors and buyers, or in this case between Newman Brothers and funeral directors in Barbados.
From the text in this letter it appears that by failing to provide enough copies of the required signed and witnessed invoice Newman Brothers had not complied with the exportation regulations.
Newman Brothers’ products were popular not only at home but also abroad especially in Britain’s colonies and dominions, such as Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Barbados, Ghana and Trinidad & Tobago, just to mention a few. The extent of the international trade in the 1930s is demonstrated by surviving business ledgers.