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Rider's British Merlin for the year of Our Lord God 1804.

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Title Rider's British Merlin for the year of Our Lord God 1804.
Imprint London: Printed for the Company of Stationers
Date of Publication 1804
Language English
Notes This almanac, in a splendid decorative binding, is perhaps most interesting for its annotations: there is no ownership inscription, but it would be possible to reconstruct much about the owner from the copious notes on blank pages throughout the text. There are accounts (five shillings for a yard of lace, nineteen for 'stuff for petticoats', sixpence for a 'poor woman', for instance), recipes, notes on sermons and devotional topics, and poetry - most clearly attributed to authors such as Cowper, but some perhaps original. From the accounts and recipes, it seems likely that this almanac had a female owner; from the other content, one with a particularly spiritual and poetical turn of mind.
Shelfmark Bdg.s.937
Acquired on 06/04/09
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