This early nineteenth century commonplace book belonged to an Englishwoman, possibly living in Devonshire. Contents are largely
poems and hymns, in addition to a few letters, literary excerpts, and riddles.
This commonplace book was the property of an Englishwoman, E. Stiff, perhaps living in Devonshire. References within the text
suggest that she lived in Devon in the Southwest of England, in or near Ilfracombe. No specific date of composition is given,
but the majority of the material falls in the range of 1798-1807. The author's handwriting and spelling suggest that she was
educated. She notes that her great-grandfather is "the Worthy Mr. Brough" of London belonging to the Milliners Company, and
some entries suggest that her mother may be a woman named Catharine, living in London. The author's choice of religious writers
strongly suggests she was a dissenter.
220 leaves : paper ; 28 x 22 cm
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