[Manuscript material; bookbinders] List of customers of Bookbinder in Cambridge, with a collection of letters, 1909 -1924

[Stoakley & Son[s]; Frank E. Stoakley; bookbinders]
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SKU: 15053

List of customers of bookbinder, Stoakley & Son, pre-1920(?)(from the list Professor Oppenheim died in 1919), 3pp., c.16 x 25cm, bifolium, 132 names listed alphabetically in pencil, most with ticks (bills paid?). Customers include A.C. Benson, Deighton Bell, Sir James Dewar, "Gaselee", "Gladstone", "Dr Greg" (W.W.?), Dr Keynes, J.M. Keynes, Bishop of Gibraltar, Alfred Milner, Lord Rayleigh, Sedgwick Museum, Sir J.J. Thomson, and several colleges. WITH: 21 Autograph Letters from a later incarnation of the Stoakley business, Signed, "H.T. Penn Young", Medical Officer H.M. Prison Wormwood Scrubs, to "Mr Stoakley" [Frank E. Stoakley], 12 April 1921-10 Feb. 1924, total 32pp., 8vo, about investment in Stoakley's business, apparently a revival of the family business. [April 1921] He initially invites Stoakley to visit him to tell him "the full details of your scheme of starting again in business", suggesting he might be able to help "subject to certain conditions". [May 1921] He mentions lessons that he's getting from Stoakley (in bookbinding), defers lessons, and says he hopes to get "good news about your return to Cambridge", speculating that he has not yet found "suitable premises", "a suitable & permanent workshop". When he does he'll make an offer. [June 1921] He gets news of a workshop and reveals that he is "transferring some shares" and is concerned about "security interest and repayment". [August 1921] He gives the wording for the agreement which would cover repayment and security (including the "fire insurance policy issued by the [sic] Cambridge University") which Stoakley has signed along with a witness. The main subject of the rest of the letters is acknowledgment of payments, with comments on the progress of Stoakley's business. He also refers to the lessons he used to get, and reveals that he has ambitions to master an aspect of binding (finishing) and sending him samples of his work. He promises a visit to see the workshop for himself; at various times he acknowledges receipt of "bits of leather and marble paper", reports that Nickers have sent a faulty 'Niger skin', congratulates him on his increasing prosperity and reputation. In the concluding letter he states, that I never had the slightest hesitation in relying on your promise to pay & that it has given me the greatest pleasure to see how well you have done. I admire your determination to succeed and the good sense you have shown in running your business single handed [...]". He declares the discharge of all liablility. These letters are accompanied by four formal receipts signed by Penn Young. ALSO with: two notes from a "Miss Thackeray" to Stoakley & Son" about bookplates (both 1916), and a formal letter of thanks to "F. Stoakley" for a present to Cambridge University Library signed by Francis Jenkinson (1909). With a small quantity of letters from a relative discussing the genealogy of the Stoakley family (with small tree).