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Sir Thomas Smith’s Misgovernment of the Virginia Company by Nicholas Ferrar. A manuscript from the Devonshire papers at Chatsworth House. Edited with an introduction by D. R. Ransome.
Ferrar’s text is a crucial document in the history of the Virginia Company and its colony. It reveals the intense animosity which destroyed the Company and is a vivid, powerful and one-sided denunciation of the maladministration that had brought the Company down. It is also something more – a vital document of the first English colony to be permanently established in the New World. The document is printed here in full facsimile, together with a diplomatic transcription and introduction by David Ransome, a distinguished historian of early America.
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SCOTLAND AND WALES IN WATERCOLOURS WICKSTEED, Mary Frances.
A collection of watercolours from tours in Scotland and North Wales undertaken in 1871, 1875 and 1876.
A collection of charmingly naïve and vibrant landscape watercolours of the Scottish Highlands and Borders, as well as of North Wales and Snowdonia, by Mary Frances Wicksteed (1835-1906), governess and companion to three generations of the Philips and Trevelyan families.
NURSING PROVISION AT SUFFOLK ALMSHOUSES LODER, Robert.
The statutes, and ordinances, for the government of the alms-houses, in Woodbridge, in the county of Suffolk, founded by Thomas Seckford ... 1587. Together with others subsequent, made by Sir John Fynch ... Henry Seckford ... Sir Joseph Jekyle ... Sir Peter King ... Sir Thomas Sewell ... and Sir John Eardley Wilmot ...
Scarce first edition of this interesting account of almshouses established at Woodbridge in Suffolk, including details of the ‘poor widdows’ and nurses employed to care for sick residents. The first almshouse was founded by the Elizabethan courtier and Member of Parliament, Thomas Seckford (1515/16-87). His statutes, given here, include provision for ‘three poor widdows’ to ‘take paines, and be diligent and attendant, to comfort, help, succour, tend, and look unto such of the poor men as shall happen to be weak, sick, or otherwise infirmed in body’. The widows were each to be paid 53 shillings and 4 pence per annum for their nursing duties. The later ordinances included here show that in 1748 a house was ‘appropriated for the use of the nurses ... contiguous to the men’s almshouse’. By 1768 their pay had risen to 12 pounds per annum, and they were entitled to receive, every year, ‘one hat – one gown – and under-cloathing – three shifts – two pair of shoes – and two pair of stockings’. The names of the nurses in 1792 are given as Sarah Kell (56), Mary Rye (57), and Mary Buttrum (51). The list of subscribers indicates that only about 100 copies of this work were printed, and 25 of these were taken by the printer and writer John Nichols.