18th-Century English Manuscript Formbook with an Intriguing Entry Relating to Barbados [Manuscript]. Whincop, Robert. [Manuscript Formbook]. [Walsingham, Norfolk, England, c.1777]. [iv], 275,  pp. 28 blank leaves. Includes thump-tabbed index. Oblong octavo (3-3/4" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to board and spine, bronze clasp. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities and spine, joints cracked. Light toning, fragments of wax seals to endleaves. Text in elegant, neat hand, leaves numbered on rectos and versos. $4,500. * Written in a different hand, likely that of a bookseller, the title page indicates the provenance of this manuscript: "No. 3/ E. Lib. Robt. Whincop Clk to Mr John/ Pye Walsingham Norfolk May 3rd/ 1777./ Price 1/9" Pye was a leading lawyer in Walsingham, a town in East Anglia, England best known as a pilgrimage site. Whincop would go on to prominent legal career and also served in a few local bureaucratic posts in Norfolk, such as the town clerk of Lynn (1785-1802). (Pye and Whincop appear in a number of local histories and others sources that are available online.) A fair copy in a notably elegant hand, this collection of precedents has an unusual item: a "Letter of Attorney from the Trustees of a Trust Estate to manage Estates &c. in the Island of Barbadoes." Eight pages long, it is one of the longest items in this manuscript. Norfolk had little to do with the Atlantic trade, so the inclusion of this form may have reflected Whincop's ambition to practice in London or some other city with ties to Great Britain's colonies. Other entries include several affidavits and letters of attorney, a "Bail Bond," a "Dissenting Preachers Certificate," an "Opinion Respecting Hard Riding a Horse, and "Order to Receive a Debt" and "A Replevin Warrant."
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