Book #78657
Item #78657 Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846. Manuscript, Joseph Burgess, William Burgess.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.
Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.

Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess, Chester, 1778-1846.

Account Book and Client Ledger of a Chester Lawyer [Manuscript]. [Burgess, Joseph]. [Burgess, William]. [Account Book of Joseph and William Burgess]. Chester, UK, 1778-1846. [xiii], 151, [1] ff. Final leaf numbered 251, 100 ff. neatly removed after fol. 151. With an index. Folio (12-3/4" x 8"). Contemporary green laced vellum, blind rules to boards, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing and soiling and a few small scuffs to boards, which are slightly bowed, lace missing from head of front joint. Moderate toning to interior, occasional very light foxing, lower portion of f. 132 lacking, a few leaves neatly removed. Eighteenth-century content in a single neat hand, nineteenth-century content in multiple hands. $4,500. * This manuscript began its life as a ledger of clients served by Joseph Burgess from approximately 1778-1784. Each entry is highly detailed and lists the client's name, occupation and details of their case along with the steps taken by Burgess and the expenses incurred. Many of his clients were tradespeople or servants and his charges appear to have been accordingly modest. In several cases, Burgess did not charge his clients at all, particularly (though not exclusively) when he noted they were in difficult circumstances. Despite this generosity, at least one client, an innkeeper seeking to claim a tenant's goods in lieu of unpaid rent, absconded. The entries provide a fascinating look into legal practice and daily life in the area. In addition to more prosaic matters such as wills and contracts, Burgess also dealt with libel, assault and verbal abuse. One client, a grocer, was accused of calling another woman "a Whore and an Old Bawd" by a witness who demanded payment and "an undertaking never to molest [the woman] again." Another client asked Burgess to assist his sons with obtaining prize money from the ships Mannon and Thetis. The ledger was then passed to William Burgess, likely Joseph Burgess's son, who noted on the first page that he was practicing in Forest Side in 1813. It is unclear which entries are William's, though some entries from the early nineteenth century appear on blank portions of leaves with Joseph Burgess's records. His entries may also have appeared on the excised leaves. The ledger concludes with entries in several hands spanning approximately 1818-1846 and dealing with the.

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Book number 78657