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George Rimington of Tyne Field House, near Penrith, Cumberland.] Autograph 'Day Book 1840 to 1841', comprising a diary, detailed accounts (taxes, 'Liverpool Rents', 'Loss on Mines', wine merchant, chimney sweeping), meteorological entries.

George Rimington (1783-1853) of Tyne Field House, near Penrith, Cumberland [Greenside Lead Mine]

Editorial: Cumberland. 1 January to 27 November 1841, 1840
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348pp., 4to, with openings numbered 1-174. In original vellum binding, marbled endpapers. 'Day Book 1840 & 1841' on spine, and the following in faded letters upside-down on back board: 'Geo: Rimingtons Day Book, Weather Letters | Jany. 1st. 1840 Sepr 14 1841'. Internally in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and grubby binding. An extraordinarily detailed volume, filled with disparate information, written out in a neat close hand, with twenty-one lines to a page. The diary (including 'Engagements and days acct.') covers half of the volume (174pp., openings 42-54 and 100-173). Entries are direct and informative, and, as the extracts given below indicate, paint a vivid and entertaining picture of an active, kindly man and his milieu. Rimington was a wealthy and well-connected member of the Tory landed gentry (one of his daughters married the son of Sir Wastel Brisco of Crofton Hall), and his five children Jane, Susannah, William, Anne and George were all vaccinated against smallpox in 1814 by Jenner himself (as reported in the London Medical and Physical Journal two years later). Several sections in the volume give an indication of his wealth: 'Liverpool Rents - List of Tenants', 'Sale of Wood at Dona Cross', 'Loss on Mines given up', 'Gain on sundry mines' (mines mentioned include the Duffield, Greenfield, Hudgill Burn, Oregill and Ward). Among the other sections in the volume are 'G Rs Income actually Recd.', 'Letters - Recd. and Answerd.', 'Sums of Money to be paid', 'Sums of Money Due To G R', 'Chimney Sweeping', 'Charities in 1840' (with separate entry for 'The Sick fund at Greenside'), 'Taxes for 1840', 'Stock of Wine in G Rs Cellar', together with separate accounts of his wine merchant: 'James Ramsays a/c of Wine'. Another theme is his collection of paintings, which he arranges and cleans with great care. On 20 May 1840 he writes: 'Mr & Mrs. Wolf of Liverpool calld. to see my Paintings &c &c | very agreeable People, of the Jewish Persuasion - they took refreshment and gave us a kind invitation to call on them - Mr. W. promisd me some specimens in Jet &c'. On 28 May 1840 he spends the morning 'Arranging Paintings till midday'. Of interest are the 42pp. of 'Weather' (openings 28-41, 73-74, 90-94), including morning, noon and night barometer readings for each day, and a note reading 'N B - From the 21st. to the 27th Inst. [February 1840] we have had awful Storms of wind every night. | N B. on the 21st at night the Storm was almost equal to Jany 7. 1839. The Baromt was at 2 ½ at 8 o ck but about 12 it rose to 7.' Among the charities supported by Rimington are the Oberlin Society, the Temperance Society, the Society for Promoting Peace and the Rechabites Society, and the volume ends with page of the names of recipients of 'Coals at Christmas' in 1841. Following the index is a full-page list of subscribers 'for Erecting A Tomb to the Memory of our late excellent Agent at Greenside Mine - Mr. George John Little', including £7 15s 6d 'Recd. from the Workmen, and others, acquainted with G. J. Little @ from 6d to 5s/- each'. (On 27 March 1840 he notes in his diary: 'At Greenside Letting the Burgins, present W Whiteside Thos Parker, Ml R - E Littles family suffering great affliction from Typhus Fever: his Son Edwd & a Niece died within a few days - Georges Wife very Ill & I fear very much that George is suffering from it - may the Almighty in his mercy spare them, and us: Evng at Home.') Rimington notes his payments to the 'Greenside Sick Fund'. An interesting diary entry relating to the mine is on 19 March 1840: 'Greenside yearly Meeting at the George Inn, very satisfactory, Divid. £100 for each 16th: Mr. Cant offered 2/64 for £1000 which not having any Useless money I was sorry to be obliged to decline'. Rimington's political allegiance is indicated by his sarcastic response to the introduction of the universal penny post (which meant he could no longer use franks), recorded on the eve of its introduction, 9 Janua. N° de ref. de la librería 13924

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Título: George Rimington of Tyne Field House, near ...

Editorial: Cumberland. 1 January to 27 November 1841

Año de publicación: 1840

Encuadernación: Soft cover

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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