[ Carrington & Co. of London, Court Jewellers and Silversmiths. ] Typed 'Inventory of Plate The Property of Colonel Francis Meynell, D.S.O. Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent', the 'Butler's Copy', initalled by Meynell's wife and son.

Lieut-Col. Francis Hugo Lindley Meynell (1880-1941), DSO, of Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent [ Carrington & Co. of London, Court Jewellers and Silversmiths ]
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Carrington & Co. Ltd., 130 Regent Street, London, W.1. July 1927.

From the first item in Chest No. 1 – 'Meat Dish, 22”, oval, gadroon edge. 1805' – to the last of Lady Dorothy Meynell's items – 'Electric Plated Dish, 11”, oblong, plain hammered, cut off corners, sunk centre.' – the inventory provides a curious sidelight on a bygone upper-middle-class world of family plate and dowries, featuring asparagus tongs, sugar sifters and nippers, bon bon boxes, pin trays, plate warmers, whisky noggins, pricket candlesticks, altar cross, pottinger and blotter. See Meynell's entry in Who Was Who, and the report of his funeral in The Times, 23 December 1941.

[ Tanganyika Territory in the nineteen-thirties; Big Game Hunting ] Six long Autograph Letters Signed from Hugo Meynell to his father F. H. Lindley Meynell, including a sixteen-page letter describing a safari in the Serengeti.

Hugo Meynell (1909-1960), son of Francis Hugo Lindley Meynell (1880-1941) of Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent [ Tanganyika Territory in the nineteen-thirties; big game hunting in Africa; African Safari]
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Four of the letters on letterheads of Mtotohovu, Tanga, Tanganyika Territory; one on letterhead of Union-Castle Line SS 'Durham Castle', and another from Thaba Bosigo, Fouriesburg Rail, Orange Free State. Between 1 September 1932 and 4 January 1933.

A total of 46pp., mostly on 4to Mtotohovu letterheads. In fair condition, aged and worn. From the Meynell family papers. In the first letter he describes his preparations for an elephant shoot on the Serengeti: 'I a taking a 400 elephant gun a 300 high velocity gun, and a shot gun. My escort consists of a gun bearer, cook, tent boy lorry driver & skinner.' Of the participants in the '"Ngoma" native dance games' he writes: 'they really were awful, covered in red & yellow clay or mud - they really did look maniacs & I am sure are more than half Savages'.

['The Overseers of the Poor of Leeds' (near Maidstone, Kent).] Itemised manuscript bill to the Overseer Mr Bottle from Burr, Hoar & Burr, attornies, King Street, Maidstone

Burr, Hoar & Burr, attornies, King Street, Maidstone, Kent [Mr Bottle, Overseer of the Poor of Leeds, near Maidstone, Kent]
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[Burr, Hoar & Burr, attornies, Maidstone, Kent.] Undated, but covering the period April 1817 to July 1821.

3pp., folio. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. Bottle | Overseer | Leeds', with Maidstone postmark, and docketted 'Burr's Bill | £24 14s 8d'. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Headed 'The Overseers of the Poor of Leeds'. Closely and neatly written, with the forty itemised entries going into unusual detail. The first entry, for 6s 8d, reads: '[April 1817] Att[endin]g. you on Stonham's Son in law hav[in]g. applied to a Magistrate for an Order for relief of his Grandchildren & aftwds upon the Magistrate with you & him & advis[in]g.

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