“LEAVE TO SKATE FOR TWO HOURS”.

“LEAVE TO SKATE FOR TWO HOURS”.
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[PROCTOR, N.]  Journal for 1817 written in The Daily Journal: or, Gentleman’s, Merchant’s, and Tradesman’s Complete Annual Accompt -Book for the Pocket or Desk for the Year of Our Lord 1817. London, Printed for R.Baldwin [etc]. Approx 15 cm x 9.5 cm x 1.2 cm. Pagination thus; (viii), [112 not numbered ], [64]. Blue paper wrap to the front, and cloth spine (the latter possibly a replacement). Trompe L’Oeil  Letter affixed to the front wrap, addressed to “ Mr N.Proctor, at Mr Nixon’s…” Rear wrap uncoloured paper. This is the journal of a young man, N. Proctor, in Spalding, Lincolnshire, who works in  a planning office for a Mr Pear, as well as other seemingly unrelated jobs, often involving joinery. An interesting account of daily life and weekly income and outgoing. Entries are made in brown ink in a small tidy hand on an almost daily basis, ranging from a few words, to several lines.
He writes of his plan drawing work ; “edging the Boundary of Ld. Eardley’s ( ?) Estate with Colour to distinguish it on the engraved Plan of South Holland &c by Rennie…”,I began to reduce the…plan with the Pentagraph”,as well as domestic business; “Sundry Jobs at Home and removed the Mangle out of the Brew- House into the Front Kitchen”, and other work ;“ I and J Brainsbro were making two Rustic Archways Of Old Oak Boughs In Mr Edwards Garden…”. He paints the office stepladder, makes a box for tools, and spends three hours altering a box for packing a Looking Glass. In February, Proctor mentions the new issue of coins; crowns, half crowns, shillings and sixpence. He thought they were very handsome, having the kings arms and head on them, and notes that they are available “at most places in England- except Spalding.” In March, he goes to see “The American Lady – who wrote cut out watch papers- sewed ….by the assistance of her mouth & toes”, and also sees a peep show. July finds  him making Hay, and in August he is “copying a sketch belonging to Mr Billingham”.He records that his aunt sold the black cow with calf to Bates the milk seller for £12 and my aunt returned to Spalding in Mr Pear’s cart, and that the same gentleman  gave him “leave to skate for two hours on the flats to the left of the tow road”.
This delightful little volume gives a real flavour of the life of a young man making his way in the world in 1817.

 

£350.00


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