[Household Bills]. A Collection of Household Bills for Sir Christopher Musgrave, MP for Carlisle at His House in Jermyn Street, London. London: No Publisher, First Edition. Various. Unbound. Manuscript Bills and Receipts. Good. A large and uncommon collection of early eighteenth century manuscript household bills and receipts, c. ninety items, various sizes, dated between 1715 and 1718 for the London address of Sir Christopher Musgrave, briefly M.P. for Carlisle.
Some minor browning and chipping, but generally in good order and fairly bright and clean.
Many are standard household expenses, rent for the house, the coach horse and stables; builders bills for the upkeep of the property; ‘policing’, watch bills from the local Beadle; food, both for the humans, and hay for the horses, wine; clothes, including boots, shoes and buckskin britches. There are bills for chocolate (from Paul Garnier), cutlery and postage, with a receipt for the ‘Valuation of Lady Dartmouth’s Jewels’ at £145. One of the bills also mentions the purchase, in 1715, of a South Sea Warrant.
Sir Christopher Musgrave, Fifth Baronet, (1688-1736), M.P. for Carlisle (1713-1715), he succeeded his grandfather as Fifth Baronet in 1704.
Interesting examples of the expenses of aristocratic London life in the early eighteenth century