Book #79193
Item #79193 Memorandum and Account Book, London, January-March 1771. Manuscript.
Memorandum and Account Book, London, January-March 1771.
Memorandum and Account Book, London, January-March 1771.
Memorandum and Account Book, London, January-March 1771.

Memorandum and Account Book, London, January-March 1771.

A Charming Slice of London Legal Life [Manuscript]. [Memorandum and Account Book]. [London], January 1-March 23, 1771. [28] pp. 5" x 4" untrimmed, unsewn bifolia, text in single neat hand. Light toning, light soiling to exterior, small holes or tears to a few leaves affecting text on final leaf only with no loss to legibility. $950. * This manuscript provides a glimpse into the professional and social life of a member of the legal profession. Likely a solicitor's or barrister's clerk, the compiler notes a range of professional activities. "Got up early and walk'd to Mr. Morgan's Chambers- writing Lord Belvedere's Case," "At Common Law work Dr. Dodry, &c at Mr. Morgan's," and "Pd Postage of Letter for Mr. Morgan" are among the descriptions of his job duties, indicating (along with his weekly salary of 1 pound, 10 shillings) that he performed substantive legal work but was most likely not an attorney himself. Other entries shine light on his personal and social life. Figures in the ruled columns indicate cash received and paid. Many of these note expenses for "sundrys," while others record various sums paid for dining, such as trips to London icons Tom's Coffee House and the Black Jack tavern. The compiler appears to have had a thriving social and professional network. He frequently mentions the names of those with whom he "dined, supped and lay," including, at times, his private views, referring to a Mr. Humm as "a talkative fellow." Some of his social activities seem to be more professional in nature, with the same names appearing at dinner and at business. Others are solely personal ("Jacky B's birthday, 7 year old today"). These entries provide interesting insight into the overlap of professional and social networks. Together, they paint an engaging, intimate portrait of three months in the life of a Georgian legal professional.

Price: $950.00

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