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RICHARDS, John (d 1736)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/189
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: RICHARDS, John (d 1736)
Date(s): 1716-1772
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3 production units.
Name of creator(s): Richards | John | d 1736 | merchant
Rooke | John | d 1771 | merchant


Administrative/Biographical history:

Richards and Rooke were Spanish merchants. Richards was active from 1716 until his death in 1736 and the two were in partnership from 1728 to 1736; Rooke carried on the business after Richards' death. They had premises in Packer's Court, Coleman Street (1716-66) and 14 Angel Court (1767-72). Richards died on 9 August 1736 at Edmonton (Gentleman's Magazine) and was buried at St Stephen Coleman Street on 20 August 1736. Coleman Street Ward land tax records indicate that his partnership with Rooke started in 1728 (Ms 11316). Rooke died 27 January 1771 (Gentleman's Magazine): evidently the last 22 months of his accounts were entered by an interested party.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of merchants John Richards and John Rooke, comprising invoice and account of sales books.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased in 1980 (together with Ms 19018) and catalogued shortly afterwards by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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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