SEATON

[ Benjamin Seaton and 'The Seaton Tool Chest'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Benjamin Seaton from his father Joseph Seaton, regarding preparations for a voyage to New York, with directions regarding 'the mattrassses' and 'the trunk'.

Author: 
Rev. Joseph Seaton (1742-1811) of Smarden, cabinetmaker and church elder; his son Benjamin Seaton (1775-1830) [ The General Baptist Chapel, Chatham, Kent ]
Publication details: 
Chatham. 30 July 1797.
£275.00

An interesting letter relating to a notable artefact, described by Christopher Schwarz as 'one of the more interesting mysteries in the history of woodworking: the 'Seaton Tool Chest', now in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester, is the subject of 'The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton' by Megan Fitzpatrick (1994; revised edition, 2012). In 1796 the tools were presented by the writer of the present letter to his son, the letter's recipient, who constructed the chest (probably the 'trunk' referred to in the present letter) to house them.

[ Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum' (for 'patients of the higher classes'), Sunbury, Middlesex. ] Printed Leaflet advertising Halliford House, headed by an engraving by Arthur Willmore.

Author: 
Dr Joseph Seaton, Scottish physician and author, proprietor of Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum', Sunbury, Middlesex [ Arthur Willmore (1814-1888), engraver ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.[ Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex. 1840s. ]
£250.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, repaired on the blank reverse with tape. the engraving ('Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex', 'Drawn & Engraved by A. Willmore') is clear and undamaged. Beneath the engraving are 29 lines in small print, beginning: 'This beautiful and secluded Residence, standing in a small Park of nearly thirty acres, is appropriated to the reception of a limited number of patients of the higher classes, who may be suffering from Mental and Nervous affections, and who are under the constant personal superintendence of Dr.

[ Dr. Williams's Library, London. ] Two birth certificates: first (1798), signed by J. L. Towers, Registrar, for daughter of Thomas Cooper of Hoxton; second (1816), signed by Thomas Morgan, Registrar, for son of Benjamin Seaton of Chatham.

Author: 
Dr. Williams's Library, London (Thomas Morgan and J. L. Towers, Registrars) [ Thomas Cooper of Homerton; Rev. Israel Lewis; Benjamin Seaton of Chatham; Jacob George Bryant; Dissenters; Unitarians ]
Publication details: 
Dr. Williams's Library, Redcross-street, near Cripplegate, London. The second (1816): 'Printed by S. Couchman, Throgmorton-street, London.'
£150.00

The two documents are printed forms, completed in manuscript. Both are tipped-in onto a leaf removed from an album. Both in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. ONE: 'C No 1429'. Dated 12 October 1798 and signed by 'J L Towers', 'Register.' Recording the birth of Sarah Cooper, daughter of Thomas Cooper and Jane Cooper (daughter of the Rev. Israel Lewis', born in Homerton, in the Parish of Saint John Hackney, on 17 June 1783. Witnessed by 'E. S. Cooper' and 'Sarah Mackaness'. TWO: 'E No 3478'. Dated 30 January 1816.

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