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Notes and Queries, Number 11, January 12, 1850   By:

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"When found, make a note of." CAPTAIN CUTTLE.

NO. 11.] SATURDAY, JANUARY 12. 1850. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition, 4d.


NOTES: Sir E. Dering's Household Book, by E. Rimbault Bayswater and its Origin Eva, Daughter of D. MacMurrough Plagiarisms, or Parallel Passages Billingsgate Notes from Fly Leaves, No. 4. Opinions on English Historians, No. II. Lord Clarendon

MISCELLANIES: Books by the Yard Thistle of Scotland Miry land Town Richard Greene of Lichfield Lobster on Medal of Pretender Marescantia Macaulay's Young Levite Travelling in England Warning to Watchmen Ælfric's Colloquy Humble Pie By Hook or by Crook Origin of Grog Barnacles Vondel's Lucifer Dr. Faustus To Fettle, &c.

QUERIES: Catacombs and Bone houses, by Rev. A. Gatty Contradictions in Don Quixote, &c., by S.W. Singer Ancient Alms Basins Minor Queries: Cupid Crying Was Sir G. Jackson Junius? Ballad of Dick and the Devil Erasmus' Paraphrase Iland Chest Court of Wards Ancient Tiles Pilgrimage of kings Anthony Bek Welsh Custom Fall of Rain Metal for Telescopes Colonel Blood's House Lucas's MS. Theophania MS. Account of Britain

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Catalogues, Sales, &c. Books and Odd Volumes wanted Notices to Correspondents Advertisements


About ten years since, I remember seeing, in the hands of a London bookseller, a curious MS. purporting to be the "Household Book of Receipts and Expences of Sir Edward Dering, Bart., of Surrenden Dering, Kent, from Lady Day, 1648, to April, 1652." It was a think folio, in the original binding, entirely in the hand writing of the distinguished baronet.

Sir Edward was the only son of Sir Edward Dering, the first baronet, by his second wife, Anne, daughter of Sir John Ashburnham, of Ashburnham, Sussex, Knt. He succeeded to the baronetcy upon the death of his father, in 1644, and married Mary, daughter of Daniel Harvey, Esq., of Combe, Surrey, who was brother of the famous Dr. Harvey, the discoverer of the circulations of the blood.

The volume commences at Lady day, 1648, with the gifts of his grandmother Cramond, and his uncles Dr. Harvey and Eliab Harvey. Nov. 8. 1648, is a memorandum of receipts of "the full remainder of the three thousand pounds he was to pay me on my marriage." The receipts close March 25. 1652, with "a note of what money I have received for rent, wood, &c.; in effect, what I have to live upon, for four years, 1413 l . 8 s ." The expenses begin at the same period; and among the earliest is, "given my wife, in gold, 100 l ." Under the date Aug. 4. 1648, we read, "Item: paid Mr. Edward Gibbes, to the use, and by the appointment of my sister Dorothy, it being her portion, 1200 l ." Dorothy was probably Sir Edward's only sister, by the same mother, Sir Edward, the first baronet's second wife. Her sun of life soon set; for Feb. 21. 1650, a whole page is occupied with items of mourning "at the death of my deare and only sister, the Lady Darell."

Independently of the frequent notices of relatives, almost serving as a family history, there are entries of high interest to the general historian and the antiquary. The costs of every article of use and virtue are set down in full, and a few of the items (which I find in my Common place Book) will serve as a specimen of the general contents:

"1648. July 31. It. for seeing two plaies with my wife, &c., coach hire, &c., 1 l . 6 s . Sept. 2. It. paid the upholsterer for a counterpayne to the yellow petuana bed 3 l ... Continue reading book >>

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