Sub-fonds BL/F - Families, Individuals, Autographs

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Families, Individuals, Autographs


  • 16th century-20th century (Creation)

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3 envelopes, 12 files, 9 folders, 2 gatherings, 2 packets, 1 booklet, 9 bundles, 15 parchments, 14 volumes, 171 papers

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This section consists primarily of correspondence and papers purchased by Harry Bradfer-Lawrence. Many are single items, for example interesting letters written by notable people mainly from North West Norfolk, and miscellaneous commissions and appointments collected for their signatures. There are small groups relating to Norfolk families (Hovell of Hillington), and to individuals who came from Norfolk (such as the artists John Sell Cotman and James Stark) or had Norfolk ancestry (Admiral Sir Sidney Smith). Very few give any indication of when or where they were purchased.

In addition to the purchased material, there are a number of items from the collection of Edward Milligen Beloe which was given to Bradfer-Lawrence by his widow. There are also two scrapbooks containing autographs of individuals from King's Lynn and North Norfolk. For these, Bradfer-Lawrence clearly raided the papers of Philip Case, King's Lynn attorney, and the Bagge family of Gaywood, which he was given by their descendants. Most of the items selected were bonds, bills and receipts; regrettably, the autograph volumes also contain signatures cut from bonds and deeds.

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