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R1/1-2 Two licences issued by the Board of Excise authorising James White, auctioneer of Dorking, to trade as an auctioneer, 17 Mar 1823 and 28 Jul 1854. James White (c.1795-1872) traded as an auctioneer and estate agent in Dorking High Street from 1817. Sources: census returns of Dorking 1841-1871, National Probate Indexes ( website – accessed May 2013), Surrey History Centre Catalogue. For related records see R 24/1-8 and the records of White and Sons, auctioneers, at Surrey History Centre, K99.
R2 Framed manuscript letter addressed to “Dear Courtenay” and signed by William Ewart Gladstone, the statesman and future prime minister, in which he asks Courtenay to locate some papers on church matters and send a copy to the Rev. J H Newman of Littlemore, Oxford. 18 Sep 1844.
The Rev J H Newman was John Henry Newman, later to become a Cardinal in the Catholic church. He had been appointed Anglican vicar of St Mary’s, Oxford in 1828, the benefice of Littlemore being attached to the parish. The letter was written in the year before Newman converted to Catholicism. A typed note on the frame, [c.1970] records that Courtenay was Gladstone’s private secretary and that the letter was found in a book given to Dorking library at an unknown date.
R3 Small hard bound notebook with metal clasps recording the results of shooting contests between the Wotton or 14th Surrey Rifle Volunteers and the Reigate or 5th Surrey Rifle Volunteers, Aug. 1860 – Oct.1861. The meetings were held at Reigate, Dorking and Holmwood.
R4/1 Copy of the deed of co-partnership of the Dorking Gas Company between Charles Barclay of Bury Hill, Surrey, Esq, Thomas Hart of Dorking, Gentleman, Philip Cooke of Dorking, Gentleman and Thomas Stent of Dorking, Gentleman. 17 Jun 1834. 13pp. Lists shareholders of the company with their place of residence.
R4/2 Letter giving notice of a special general meeting of the Dorking Gas Company, 28 Jun 1869.
R4/3 Dorking Gas Company minute book, 1855-1869.
R4/4 Bound volume embossed with the name Dorking Gas Company on the front cover containing several published acts of parliament relating to the gas industry and covering the period 1847-1871. It includes Chapter cxliii ‘An Act for incorporating the Dorking Gas Company & for enabling them to supply gas within the parish of Dorking in the county of Surrey, 13 Jul 1871.’ In poor condition with loose front cover and binding.
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