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Finding Aid for the E. Stiff Commonplace Book, 1798-1807
170/052  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
220 leaves : paper ; 28 x 22 cm
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.