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1772 Autograph personal ledger Thomas Bradshaw British Statesman King George III
Ledger book of Thomas Bradshaw (1733-1774), British statesman during the reign of King George III, Secretary of the Treasury in 1768, Member of Parliament for Saltash, and Lord Commissioner in 1772. In 1774, he was appointed Lord of the Admiralty, but that same year Thomas Bradshaw shot himself overwhelmed by debt at the age of 42 years. The manuscript account book, presumably an autograph, records the expenses and revenues for the year of 1772, just two years before Thomas Bradshaw shot himself seemingly due to his financial troubles. The ledger shows that Thomas Bradshaw's expenses and debts for 1772 were three times superior than the income. The ledger is neatly organized by sections: "Household expenses, servants wages & bills, Wine Beer & others, Mrs. Bradshaw & children expenses, Old Debts, My Family & Mrs. Bradshaw's family, House Rent Taxes & Repairs, Carriage Horses & Stable expenses, My own expenses, Hampton Court, Coals & Candles, Tradesmen's Bills & Extras, Extra Expenses, Income & Abstract Expenses.". The section of Old Debts details the totality of Thomas Bradshaw's debts such as "debts incurred at the general election at Saltash", "debts incurred upon the office as Secretary of Treasury", etc. Thomas Bradshaw's own expenses include: "March 15th - Black silk stockings...1 pound, 12 shilling" "March 27th - Lost at cards...19 pounds, 8 shilling, 6 pence" "April 27th Lent James King Charity...5 pounds, 5 shilling" The extra expenses record Bradshaw's allocations for charity causes: "January 24th -a year subs. Saint George's Hospital...5 pounds, 5 shilling", " Jan … [Click Below for Full Description]
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