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[Dr Robert Steavenson of Newcastle upon Tyne.] Manuscript copy of his bill to the trustees of Lieutenant James Boyd, itemising disbursements (mainly clothing). With signed note by David Williamson [later Lord Balgray] and signatures of two trustees.

Author: 
Dr Robert Steavenson (1756-1828) of Newcastle upon Tyne [John Dundas, WS, and James Bruce, Trustees of Lieutenant James Boyd; Lieutenant General Robertson]
Publication details: 
Dated from Northumber[land] Street [Newcastle upon Tyne]. With short signed note by David Williamson [later Lord Balgray], dated Edinburgh [Scotland], 4 August 1813.
£40.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Headed: 'Trustees of Lieut. J. Boyd or Executors of Lieut. Genl. Robertson on account of Mr. Boyd | To Dr Stevenson'. Docketted on reverse: 'Copy | Account | Due by the Trustee of Lieut: J. Boyd to Doctor Steavenson | 1813 | Compd. J.W.' and 'Genl. Robertsons Trustees Order | by you for Remitting

[Duncan Robertson, wig maker and perfumer.] Two Manuscript Itemised Accounts and one Signed Manuscript Receipt, with General Robertson of Lawers and his wife.

Author: 
[Duncan Robertson, wig maker and perfumer; Lieutenant-General Archibald Robertson of Lawers]
Publication details: 
The receipt dated from Edinburgh, 12 January 1810. The accounts for the periods December 1808 to April 1809, and January to December 1809.
£70.00

The three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The accounts are both 1p., foolscap 8vo., and written in a sprawling uneducated hand. The first account is headed 'Genl Robertson to Duncan Robertson', and deals with the period from December 1808 to April 1809. Totalling £6 18s 2d, it includes 'two box Dubessons opiate', 'two bottles oil of rose', 'Two Crop wigs', 'Blacking', 'Riggs magnetic Tablet', 'a lib of old windsor soap', 'pott pomatum'. The second account is headed 'Mrs Genl Robertson to Duncan Robertson'.

Autograph Note Signed Browne Willis, antiquary, to Mr. Highmore Attorney att Law att his House near Ipswich In Suffolk about tokens.!

Author: 
Browne Willis (1682–1760), antiquary, author, numismatist and politician
Publication details: 
Plough Inne Cary Street near Lincolns Inne, 9 April 1751.
£225.00

One page, 8vo, closed tears, with no loss of text, edges sunned, sl.

Six manuscript bills and one letter from Edinburgh and Dumfries tradesmen, relating to the 1839 marriage in Buittle Parish of Janet, daughter of John Herries Maxwell of Munches, to William Maxwell of Carruchan.

Author: 
John Herries Maxwell (1784-1843) of Munches, of Buittle Parish, Kirkcudbright [Descendant of friend of Burns; William Maxwell of Carruchan]
Six manuscript bills and one letter from Edinburgh and Dumfries tradesmen
Publication details: 
Edinburgh and Dumfries; 1839.
£180.00
Six manuscript bills and one letter from Edinburgh and Dumfries tradesmen

Janet Maxwell married William Maxwell in Buittle Parish on 3 September 1839, and died three years later. The nine items, in good condition on lightly-aged paper, provide a fascinating insight into the requisites and cost of an early Victorian Scottish middle-class wedding, from the wedding 'pelisse' to the 'bride's cake'. ONE. Covering packet with manuscript note by J. H. Maxwell reading 'Vouchers | My Daughters marriage - clothes jewellery pocket money &c | 3d Sep 1839 | £439. 5. 4'. TWO. Autograph itemised account by J. H. Maxwell. 12mo, 1 p.

Manuscript Letter, with price list, from the nurserymen Thomas Bunyard & Sons of Maidstone, Kent, to the naturalist Rev. Charles William Shepherd of Trotterscliffe. With list of plants by Shepherd.

Author: 
Thomas Bunyard & Sons, The Nurseries, Maidstone, Kent, Victorian 'Nurserymen, Seedsmen and Florists' [Rev. Charles William Shepherd (1838-1920) of Trotterscliffe, near Maidstone, Kent, naturalist]
Thomas Bunyard & Sons
Publication details: 
18 February 1869; on letterhead of The Nurseries, Maidstone [Kent].
£95.00
Thomas Bunyard & Sons

12mo, 2 pp. Bifolium. With two pages of lists of plants by Shepherd. Good, on aged paper. In remains of original envelope. The letterhead advertises that the firm also has a branch at Ashford. Begins: 'We can supply you with the shrubs &c you kindly enquire about at the Prices named on other side - your orders for which will have our careful attention'. Three are marked with a cross, being 'very critical trees to move' for which the firm 'can undertake no responsibility as to their success'. Prices given for fifteen types, from 'Spruce Trees - 4 ft.

Signed Receipt ('Jo: Webb') for '2lbs. Bengal Cheroots', bought by 'Mr Smith'.

Author: 
Joseph Webb, importer of cigars, of 49 Friday Street, Cheapside, London [tobacconist]
Signed Receipt ('Jo: Webb') for '2lbs. Bengal Cheroots',
Publication details: 
2 June 1852; 49 Friday Street, Cheapside, London.
£56.00
Signed Receipt ('Jo: Webb') for '2lbs. Bengal Cheroots',

On one side of a piece of landscape 8vo grey wove paper. Clear and complete. Discoloured and worn, with spike hole at centre. Printed part of receipt reads 'London, ..........18..... | 49, Friday Strt. Cheapside. | M............ | Bought of Joseph Webb, | Importer of Cigars.' The bill is for '2lbs. Bengal Cheroots - 9/- | 18/-', with the receipt reading '1852 | Aug 4th. paid [signed] Jo: Webb'. Docketed on reverse 'Webb | 18/'. Webb does not appear to have traded from the site for very long, and little is to be discovered about him.

Engraving by Reynolds of Birmingham.

Author: 
James Bisset [ nineteenth-century illustrated list of Birmingham toy makers ]
Publication details: 
No date [1800?]; 'Publish'd, by J. Bisset, Museum Birmm. for his Magnificent Directory.'
£85.00

According to the British Library Bisset's Directory was published in 1800. Paper dimensions roughly 5 1/4 inches by 9 inches; print dimensions roughly 4 1/4 inches by 7 inches. In very good condition although somewhat grubby. Paper watermarked '<179?>9 | TMAN'. At head of plate: 'M'. At foot of plate: 'Reynolds. Sct. Birm'.

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