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William Younghusband: receipted bills and miscellaneous items

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7922

Scope and Contents

With a few exceptions, the items are addressed to William Younghusband. Most are receipted bills (some containing detailed lists of goods or services), while others are receipts for which no bill survives. The goods supplied include cloth and haberdashery; leather goods; ironmongery and metal ware; pottery and glass ware; medicines; beef, mutton and other meat; wine, brandy and rum; tea, sugar and spices; candles; and hay and oats. Timber was purchased over a number of years for repair of the granary at Budel (/2); fruit trees were acquired from a nursery in Newcastle (/40, /55); a chariot and other items were transported by sea from London (/26); and the parish constable submitted his accounts for attending quarter sessions and distributing a variety of warrants (/36). Many bills give only the name of the tradesman by whom the bill was issued, not his place of business. Places named are Alnwick, Belford, Berwick, Dunbar, Lucker, Newcastle and Swinhoe. The bills often cover several months, or a year and more, and were not always paid promptly. They have been catalogued as far as possible by the dates on which they were receipted. A few items fall outside the date range of the William Younghusband bills. They are a statement of a legal case between Samuel and Anne Younghusband and her brother William Clavering, with counsel’s opinion and covering letter, 1749 (/1); a contemporary copy of instructions from the commissioners of customs in London, 1805 (/81); and bills from an Alnwick grocer to William Baird, 1818 (/82), and an Alnwick undertaker to Thomas Forster of Lucker, 1820 (/83).


  • Creation: 1749-1820

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1 folder(s) (1 folder paper) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found among the papers of D.M. Joslin (1925-70), Professor of Economic History in the University of Cambridge 1965-70, and were deposited on indefinite loan in Cambridge University Library by his widow in 1971.

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