A Legal Clerk’s Working Life In Devon 1774

A Legal Clerk’s Working Life In Devon 1774
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SEAMAN, William, and his employee HAYMAN, Stephen. Manuscript day book and accounts for Stephen Hayman’s work as a clerk. Pp 112 used plus further blanks. Blank notebook bound in original limp vellum, approx 21.5 cm x 9.5 cm x 1.5 cm. Remains of original clasps, “Acco’t Book” ( or similar for “Account Book”) faintly lettered in ink on the front board, “William Seaman His Book” On recto of the front free endpaper in ink, and “Stephen Hayman came to live with me on Monday the 13th day Of June 1774 WS” at the foot of the third leaf. It appears that the book was completed by Hayman, detailing his expenses for his employer, William Seaman. Further entries seem to be in the hand of a John Hawkes, (who has signed a few pages and made pen trials of his name on the back cover).The book is organised back to back, with travel details and expenses at one end, and accounts at the other. The details are fascinating, giving prices for items commonly used in a provincial lawyer’s or legal clerk’s day to day work: “Paid for a hundred of Quills 1s” , “Paid for a pint of Ink 6d”, “ Paid for Red Ink 1s”, “ To a Quire Of Mourning paper 1s and also for Sand 2d”, “Paid for a skin of parchm.t at 2s 2d to Ingross Mortgage …..5s 9d”, “ Paid for two Blank Bonds & four sheets of Stamp paper at Exeter 15s 3d”. The expenses for journeys undertaken in the course of work mention various locations in Devon, including Exeter, Exmouth, Tiverton, Ottery St.Mary, Colyton, Dorchester etc, and they include the reason for the journey, and expenses incurred. A fascinating and detailed manuscript which reveals the life and work of Stephen Hayman.
We have located a William Seaman, gentleman, of Honiton, Devon, who made his will in 1782, which entered into probate in 1785 and which was executed in 1787.

 

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