File BR 369/1 - Memorandum Book

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BR 369/1


Memorandum Book


  • 1754-1914 (Creation)

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The volume appears to have originated as a freeholders register of the Scottish counties. It contains rolls of freeholders and barons made up between 1754 and 1755. The lists are incomplete and were not updated. The condition of the volume suggests that the missing entries were on loose pages that were lost at some point during its use.
The volume was subsequently used as a letter book by Samual Sa[yer] of East Winch, concerning a variety of subjects. These include a copy of a letter from Stephen Sayer of Philadelphia in the United States, discussing the illness of Samuel's brother and money that he owes to Stephen and the possibilty of Samuel coming to America. It is followed by a letter from Samuel to his brother discussing the previous letter and its contents, with negative views on Stephen's character.
Another letter is addressed to an unidentified friend and is a playful discussion of women, comparing his friend to Sancho Panza, saying 'you my faithful squire, have too much yearning after the flesh'. There are also some contemporary entries on farming matters.
At some point after 1801 the volume came into the possession of the Myhill family, farmers of Hethel in Norfolk. There is some loose material dated c 1822 but it is possible this was inserted into the volume at a later point as the main body of the Myhill information is dated between 1888 and 1914. Some of the entries are written around the damaged portions, suggesting that it precedes the writing. The majority of the entries cover dates of seed drilling, wheat sowing, tree/plant grafting, fence repair, beet harvesting and other agricultural activities. It is generally arranged by task and then in chronological order rather than in diary format. There is a contents page for part of the volume. and a number of loose papers, with receipts and printed matter pasted in.

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The volume contains loose pages and these have been maintained in the order received.

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Unfit for production. Lost spine and paper flaking.

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Created 03/05/2012 by Droab. Modified 03/10/2018 by Droip.


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