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Posted 11/29/2022   05:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add mazdoc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently got a cover/letter written in 1812.

I could make out some of the writing, but I need help reading the rest.
This is what I have so far:


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Posted 11/29/2022   05:37 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Couple of bits:

1st line: J Stackhouse, Esq
2nd line: 24.14.3 may be an odd way of writing 24 March 1814 (the last may be an error). Then "Deduct". Figure at end of line is 17.18s.6d.
3rd line: "goodness", not "good". "Mrs Barrol's" or similar.
4th line: "on or before the 1st of June, where a receipt shall be left, it will ..
5th line: "oblige y[ou]r obed[ien]t servant
6th line: Dav[i]d Parry

Lady day falls on 25 March.
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Posted 11/29/2022   05:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think the 24.14.3 is 24 pounds, 14 shillings and three pence.
The same style was used for the amount to be deducted, and the symbols added above.
The writing is dated 19 May 1812, so I do not expect this to be a date for 1814.
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Edited by NSK - 11/29/2022 05:56 am
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Posted 11/29/2022   06:00 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well done, Meneer! I enjoy these!
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Posted 11/29/2022   06:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mazdoc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you so much, this has helped a lot :D
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Posted 11/29/2022   06:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

May we have the other side of the parchment please?
we may be able to find the location.

I have,

Sir,
The years rent due from ? of Bath to I.Stackhouse (esq)uire.
at Lady Day last 24,14s and 3d , deduct land ??? 6.15 Cash 17,18s 6d
If you would have the goodness to leave it at Mrs Barrols Mesin Heuford ?
on or before the 1st June, where a receipt shall be left, it will
Oblige. You're obedient servant
Dav(id) ? Parson
Linsairardaire?
19th May 1812
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Posted 11/29/2022   07:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mazdoc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello.

This is the other side:

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Posted 11/29/2022   07:23 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hereford not Heuford, I think. Not sure what Merc'n is an abbreviation for.
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Posted 11/29/2022   07:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mazdoc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Could this part be
"loan tax & property tax"?

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Posted 11/29/2022   07:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Land tax and property tax.
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Posted 11/29/2022   07:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Land tax and property tax ?


Peter
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Posted 11/29/2022   07:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Could this part be
"loan tax & property tax"?


Gee! I think you nailed it. (agree land tax)

Thanks for the scan, albeit, does not help much

W(illiam) Lloyd
Solicitor
Ludlow

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Edited by rod222 - 11/29/2022 07:35 am
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Posted 11/29/2022   07:51 am  Show Profile Check jubilee's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jubilee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The sending solicitor was from Lugwardine, a village near Hereford. I haven't been able to locate any record of him as the earliest business directory I've found is 1830.




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Posted 11/29/2022   08:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Doing the old money Sterling sums

must be "Deduct Land tax /Property tax of 6/15/9d "

(Gives the grand total of 17/18/6d as correct)

(20 shillings to the pound, 12 pennies to the shilling)

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The sending solicitor was from Lugwardine, a village near Hereford


Wow!

(No LUGWARDINE Postmark existing in the database)

Mention in the Midland Mail Index (no date offered)
Parcel Post Labels (Stifford's Bridge and Lugwardine)
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Edited by rod222 - 11/29/2022 08:39 am
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Posted 11/29/2022   1:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add j2186 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Confirming much of the above, the postmark on the address side appears to read:

HEREFORD MY 20 1812.

The postage was 7(pence?)

Jan
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Posted 11/29/2022   5:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
The postage was 7(pence?)


That was my guess.

High Rent?
Value of 17 from 1812 to 2022
17 in 1812 is equivalent in purchasing power to about 1,428.88 today

1812 England was at war with America
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