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New Book – The Female Infidel

    Regular readers of this website will be familiar with its origins in the letters of the Lee family sent from Jamaica to England. This new book carries on their history to the next generation with the story of Fanny Dashwood who eloped...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 23 Nov 2018

A Parcel of Ribbons now on Kindle

The book A Parcel of Ribbons is now available on Amazon Kindle   You can of course still buy the paperback from Amazon or and other outlets which has the advantage of being a physical book and of having the index. Kindle format still...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 14 Nov 2014

A Family Saga and A Theatrical Disaster

An imagined vision of the Brunswick Theatre collapse – hand coloured print   I have written before about the descendants of Scudamore Winde, the close friend of Robert Cooper Lee after whom he named his youngest son. Scudamore Winde made his...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 18 Oct 2014

Telling History versus Story Telling

The Kenwood portrait of Dido and Elizabeth, now at Scone Palace and attributed to Zoffany I have just been to see the film Belle, the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate great niece of Lord Mansfield, daughter of a black mother, and the sparkling...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 15 Jun 2014

Sound advice from the 17th century

For a long time now I’ve been interested in the ways in which the worlds of Restoration experimental philosophy and Restoration trade and other economic activities came into contact. The early Fellows of the Royal Society were adamant that their research...
From: Robert Hooke's London on 30 Nov 2013

Snails and Serendipity

  So much of extending my historical knowledge has depended on serendipity. This week I was in London for a meeting and hoping to be able to visit the Tate afterwards. However the meeting over-ran and, because it was closer to St Pancras where I...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 30 Nov 2013

Artists and craftsmen in Hooke’s London (part 2)

In my previous post on this subject I talked about Hooke’s dealings with some of London’s artists. This time I’m going to talk about craftsmen (broadly defined). To set the scene I’d like to share a conversation Hooke had at Garraway’s...
From: Robert Hooke's London on 27 Aug 2013

Artists and craftsmen in Hooke’s London (part 1)

Like many scientists today, the early Fellows of the Royal Society depended on images to explain their work to each other and the outside world. Illustrations accompanied reports of experiments and observations, and the Fellows commissioned drawings of...
From: Robert Hooke's London on 20 Aug 2013

The 4th of July – not the end of the story

Signing the Preliminary Treaty of Peace at Paris, November 30, 1782.*     Following the 4th of July celebrations of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776, I thought it interesting to quote from a letter which...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 6 Jul 2013

Hooke, Newton and the ‘missing’ portrait

Portraits have a peculiar fascination for people. As Lisa Jardine has pointed out, historical figures come to life so much more vividly when a portrait is available. This is true for historians almost as much as anyone else. Therefore the thought that...
From: Robert Hooke's London on 15 May 2013

Inoculation, Vaccination and an old controversy

Morning P0st 17 May 1810 from British Newspaper Archive While researching something else entirely I came across Dr Benjamin Moseley and an old controversy with very modern echoes. Benjamin Moseley was born about 1746, son of Edward Moseley of St Osyth...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 11 May 2013

The Genealogical Jigsaw Puzzle

  It is always very satisfying when another piece of the genealogical jigsaw puzzle slots into place, and this is what happened following the item I wrote last time about Robert Fotherby, who gave his body to science. I already had a copy of his...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 20 Apr 2013

Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men

  The newly built London Hospital in fields outside London at Whitechapel c.1752   Readers who are within travelling distance of the Museum of London have one week left in which to visit the fascinating Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men resulting...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 6 Apr 2013

Pancakes 18th century style

  With Lent fast approaching I thought it would be good to dip once again into the cookbook of Hannah Glasse to see how she made pancakes. This is an 18th century Dutch dish such as Hannah Glasse might have used to serve up her pancakes*. Traditionally...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 9 Feb 2013

Jamaica in the 18th century British Press

I was searching the British Newspaper Archive last week and in an idle moment wondered just how much coverage there was of Jamaica. A search for the single word ‘Jamaica’ was revealing. Even bearing in mind the rapid increase in the number...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 26 Jan 2013

Murder most foul

The Old Bailey By Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin via Wikimedia Commons Sometimes in family history research wandering down an unrelated byway reveals a story you could not have invented. Reading the Lee letters [1] I wondered who was the school...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 19 Jan 2013

Street Cries Ancient and Modern

Paul Sandby (1730 or 1731-1809) Title page of Twelve London Cries (via Wikimedia Commons) An unlikely internet sensation of 2012 was the success of Mohammed Shahid Nazir a seller of fish in Queens market, Upton Park in East London. Having been told after...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 12 Jan 2013

Loose ends and Christmas wishes

Egmont Villa, Fulham, the last home of Theodore Hook (from The Man who was John Bull) I dislike loose ends. Last week I ended the piece on Berners Street with a brief reference to Theodore Hook and the hope that his family had not starved after his early...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 8 Dec 2012

Berners Street – speculators and a famous hoax

Theodore Hook – the Berners Street Hoaxer When Robert Cooper Lee returned to England from Jamaica with his family at the end of August 1771, they lived for a short time at Old Bond Street in London. But within a very few weeks Robert found a house...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 1 Dec 2012

Curtis Brett – Spanish Town Printer

  18th Century style wooden Common Press at The Tom Paine Printing Press Lewes, Sussex I have to thank Professor Roderick Cave* for reintroducing me to Curtis Brett, who had only merited a footnote in my book. Until now I had been completely unaware...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 24 Nov 2012

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The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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