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Hail Storm Insurance, Norwich et al, 1865

Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette, 4 June 1864, page 3


Bonus 1865


Hail Storm Insurance Society

Established 1843

Head Office – St Giles Street, Norwich

Wheat and other Growing Crops Insured at sixpence per acre.

Without limit as to quantity grown.

Glass in Green Houses &c, from 20s per cent

Bonus to Insurers every three years

Immediate payment in case of loss. Parties renewing their insurances this year will participate in the next division, which will take place in 1865.

Agents wanted

Apply to Chas S Gilman, Secretary

Abingdon – Francis King

Banbury – JG Rusher

Bicester – Wm Palmer

Brailes – Josh Godson

Buckingham – FW Baker

Burford – Thomas Streat

Chipping Norton – J Quatermain

Chipping Campden – Herbert King

Evesham – HW Price

Eynsham – John Ham

Henley – F Paulin

Highworth – JC Salmon

Hungerford – Chas Osmond

Moreton-in-the-March – T Perkins

Northampton – Abel and Sons

Reading – Edw Blackwell

Shipston-on-Stour – Henry Sale

Warwick – John Martetts






Presentation to Mr Paulin, Henley-on-Thames, 1871

Oxford Journal 9 September 1871 page 8

Corporation – at a meeting of the Corporation held on Tuesday last, Alderman Jas H Brooks was elected Mayor for the ensuing year, which commences on the 26th inst. At the same meeting was presented by the Mayor on behalf of the Corporation, to Mr Paulin, who has recently held the office of Treasurer, a copy of a resolution passed at a previous meeting, beautifully illuminated in gold and colours, framed and glazed, in recognition of his long services.  It was as follows: “At a meeting of the Corporation of Henley-on-Thames, held in the Council Chamber on the 15th of August 1871, it was resolved unanimously that this meeting desires to express its sense of valuable services Mr Paulin has rendered to this Corporation and to the town at large, by the very careful and assiduous way in which he has discharged the office of Treasurer of this Corporation and of the greater portion of the Charities under their control, for a period of eleven years. The gratuitous performance of those duties has involved great labour, and at times must have occasioned great anxiety.  In expressing their regret that, owing to failing health, Mr Paulin feels himself compelled to relinquish his onerous office, the Corporation venture to hope that he may be long spared to give his valuable assistance to their deliberations.  Wm T Hews, Mayor.”

Photo copyright Kathleen Paulin
Photo copyright Kathleen Paulin

Advice on talking to ladies, 19C

Gentlewomen Aim to Please: Edited from Victorian Manuels of Etiquette, Jerrard Tickell, London: George Routledge & Sons, 1933.


Do not use a classical quotation in the presence of ladies without apologizing for it, translating it.  Even this should only been done when no other phrase would so aptly express your meaning.  Whether in the presence of ladies or gentlemen, much display of learning is pedantic and out of place.

What to wear on your honeymoon, 19C

Gentlewomen Aim to Please: Edited from Victorian Manuels of Etiquette, Jerrard Tickell, London: George Routledge & Sons, 1933.


The dress of the bride during the honeymoon should be characterized by modesty, an attractive simplicity, and scrupulous neatness.  The slightest approach to slatternliness in costume, when all should be exquisitely trim from chevelure to chassure, would be an abomination, and assuredly beget a most unpleasant impression on the susceptible feelings of the husband.

[Because on your honeymoon it would be very bad to hurt the susceptible feelings of your husband with immodesty – after all honeymoons are all about being modest!]


Funding Montreal’s Protestant Episcopal Church, 1806

Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser 14 March 1806, p3

City Business

A Court of Common Council was held yesterday at Guildhall, at which the minutes of the last Court were read and confirmed.  After which the Lord Mayor laid before the Court a letter he had received from Capt Sir TM Hardy, Bart, in answer to the Thanks voted to him by the Court, expressing his gratitude on receiving such a high testimony of the good opinion of the Metropolis of his Country; and stating that he would use his utmost endeavour to merit the same.

The Court voted the sum of 200£ to be paid out of the City’s cash towards the expense of building a Protestant Episcopal Church in the City of Montreal, in Canada.

The Court also voted the sum of 500£ in aid of the funds of the Society for Educating the Deaf and Dumb Children of the Poor.

The Protestant Episcopal Parish Church of Montreal. Completed 1821. Anonyme - Anonymous 1822, 19th century Ink on paper - Etching 41 x 22 cm Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord M1242 © McCord Museum
The Protestant Episcopal Parish Church of Montreal. Completed 1821.
Anonyme – Anonymous
1822, 19th century
Ink on paper – Etching
41 x 22 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum

Lord Nelson’s Monument, Montreal, 1807

The Ipswich Journal 15 August 1807, p 4

A Monument to the memory of Lord Nelson has been erected at Montreal, in Canada.  It is a pillar of solid stone, sixty feet high, surmounted by a figure of the gallant Admiral, in artificial stone, eight feet high, upon the capital.

Alligator peeking out from the snow on Nelson's Column in Montreal, 2015
Alligator peeking out from the snow on Nelson’s Column in Montreal, 2015

Bad Patriotic Poetry, 1803

Morning Post, 13 August 1803, p 3


Bonaparte’s Answer to John Bull’s Card, Inviting him to England, with a Few Lines concerning his Brothers Taffy, Sawney and Paddy.


Tune “Here we go up, up, up”


My dear Johnny Bull, the last mail

Brought over your kind invitation,

And strongly it tempts us to sail

In our boats, to your flourishing nation,

But prudence she whispers, “Beware,

Don’t you see, that his fleets are in motion;

He’ll play you some d—d Ruse de Guerre,

If he catches you out on the ocean”



Our fears they mount up, up, up,

Our bapers they sink down-y down-y,

Our hearts they beat backwards and forwards,

Our beads they turn round-y round-y.


You say that pot-luck shall be mine,

Fe n’chiens pas ces mots, Monsieur Bull;

But think I can guess your design,

When you talk of a good belly-full.

I have promis’d my men, with rich food,

Their courage and faith reward;

I tell them your puddings are good,

Tho’ your dumplings are rather too bard.


O my Johny, my Johnny,

And O my Johnny, my deary,

Let a few of us come over,

To taste your beet and beer-y.


I’ve read, and I’ve heard much of Wales;

Its mines, its meadows, and fountains,

Of black cattle fed in the vales,

And goats skipping wild on the mountains.

Were I but once safe landed there,

What improvements I’d make in the place!

I’d prattle and kiss with the fair,

Give the men the fraternal embrace.


O my Taffy, my Taffy,

Soon I’ll come, if it please ye,

To riot on delicate mutton,

Good ale, and toasted cheese-y.


Caledonia I long to see,

And if the stout fleet in the North

Will let me go by quietly,

Then I’ll sail up the Firth of Forth,

Her sons, I must own, they are dashing,

Yet Johnny, between me and you,

I owe them a grudge for the thrashing

They gave that poor devil Menou.


O my Sawney, my Sawney

Your bagpipes will make us all friskey,

We’ll dance with your lasses so bonny,

Eat haggis, and tipple your whiskey.


Hibernia’s another snug place,

I hope to get there too some day,

Tho’ our ships they get into disgrace,

With Warren, near Donegall Bay;

Tho’ my good friends at Vinegar-Hill,

They fail’d; be assured, Jack of all this,

I’ll give them French Liberty still,

As I have to the Dutch and the Swiss.


O my Paddie, my paddies,

You are all of you honest creatures,

Art I long to be with you at Cork,

To sup upon fish and potatoes.


A fair wind and thirty-six hours, &

Would bring us all over from Brest,

Tell your ships to let alone ours,

And we’ll manage all the rest.

Adieu! My dear boy, ‘till we meet;

Take care of your gold, my honey,

And, when I reach Threadneedle Street,

I’ll help you to count over your money.


But my fears they mount up, up, up,

And my hopes they sink, down-y, down-y

My heart it beats backwards and forwards,

My head it runs round-y, round-y



Birthday of the Prince of Wales [George IV], 1803

Morning Post, 13 August 1803, page 3

Prince of Wales' Indulgence at Carlton House []
Prince of Wales’ Indulgence at Carlton House []
Never did the metropolis exhibit a more grand and general display of illumination on the anniversary of the birth of our beloved Prince, than last night.  Every individual, any way connected with His Royal Highness, appeared eager to evince the most respectful attachment, by some additional splendour of lights.  A grand gala was given at Vauxhall on the occasion, which was most crowded and brilliant.  Many grand dinners were also given in the metropolis.  At Brighton, Birmingham and at other county towns, we observe by the Provincial Papers, there were public fetes.  St James’ Street, in London was particularly brilliant; the Globe Insurance Office, in Pall Mall, was well lighted up.  As usual, Barfield, His Royal Highness’ Printer, stood pre-eminent, both for the elegance of his arrangement, and the number of his lamps, which could be very little short of 2000.  Around each of the pillars of the portico, on which are erected His Royal Highness’s arms, ran a festoon of variegated lamps, intermixed with laurel leaves; above which a cornice, with a double row of festoons.  In the centre, GP encircled with laurel branches, over these, a most brilliant star; rather lower, but wider extended, were placed perforated vases, lighted, and filled with laurel on each side of the house, reaching nearly 32 feet high, pilasters of the Ionic order; with a few beautiful diamonds; and the whole surmounted by the largest plume of feathers we ever remember to have seen, extending more than 40 feet in height, which produced such a profusion of light, as rendered Wardour-street the resort of thousands, till a late hour this morning.

Bankruptcy of Corley’s Drapery business, Swinford, 1888

Dublin Daily Express, 14 November 1888

Court of Bankruptcy, Ireland

In Bankruptcy

In the matter of Timothy Corley, Draper and Grocer, Swineford, County Mayo, a Bankrupt.

Sale by tender.

The Assignee invite tenders for the stock in this matter, taken as near as possible at Cost Price, amounted to

About £900 11s 2d

Consisting of the following lots, viz:-


  1. Coatings, Tweeds, Friezes, Cords, Moleskins, Hats and Caps £114 12 7
  2. Dresses, Cashmeres, Wisowys, Shirting, prints, shawls, mantles 327 13 9
  3. Blankets, quilts, flannels, tickets, linens, gray and white calicos and muslins 216 4 6
  4. Shirts, Hose, ties, cuffs, collars, skirts, gloves 52 12 1
  5. Millinery, Flowers, Feathers, Ribbons, Laces, Furs and silks 93 17 11
  6. Haberdashery 79 19 4
  7. Sewing machines 5 10 0

£900 11 2

The stock is in good condition, and may be viewed on the Bankrupt’s premises at Swineford, where the stock list can also be inspected, from Thursday, 15th instant, to Thursday, the 22nd instant, between the hours of ten o’clock am and four o’clock, pm, daily.

Sealed tenders, endorsed “Tender for Stock in the matter of Timothy Corley, a Bankrupt” and addressed to Alex Knox McEntire, Official Assignee, No 15 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin, will be received up to Thursday the 22nd instant, when they will be opened at the hours of one o’clock pm in presence of parties attending, the highest tender will be submitted to the Court for approval.

The purchaser, on being declared, must lodge at once one fourth of the purchase money, in cash, with the Official Assignees, and the balance before the stock is removed, which must be within four days from the date of Tender being approaved of, and at purchaser’s expense.

NB – Parties tendering are particularly request not to omit sealing their letters, and writing the words “Tender for Stock” on the outside of the envelope.


15 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin

Richard Davoren, Esq, Dame Street, Dublin, Agent for the Bankruptcy

Dublin 13th November 1888.

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