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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/227-168
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1799-1808
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 production units.
Name of creator(s): Smith and Tilson | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

The partnership of Thomas Smith and Thomas Tilson acted as solicitors to St Paul's Cathedral, but also carried on an independent business. These records relate to that business.

According to trade directories, Smith and Tilson were based at 68 St Paul's Churchyard, 1802-1805, and Chapter House, St Paul's, 1806-1809. The partnership does not appear in trade directories before 1802 or after 1809. However, the directory for 1799 contains an entry for Thomas Smith and Richard Stephens Taylor, attornies of Chapter House, St Paul's Churchyard, and the firm of Smith and Company, attornies of Chapter House, St Paul's Churchyard, appears in directories from 1810-17.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Smith and Tilson, solicitors, comprising an account book of bills sent to clients, 1799, and a journal account of disbursements, 1799-1804, and clerk's expenses, 1799-1805, with some later entries to 1808.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Two volumes.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1980 amongst the records of St Paul's Cathedral, and catalogued shortly afterwards by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Also included in this deposit were records of the St Pancras Lime Company and the parish of All Hallows, Tottenham, for whom Smith and Tilson worked. These records were catalogued as Mss 25685-686, and are now part of the London Metropolitan Archives holdings, catalogued as ACC/1724 and DRO/015 respectively.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January to May 2011.

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