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Reference number

SM volume 109/4

Purpose

[11/9] Schedule dated November 1728 of the numbers of men occupying the Royal Hospital and an estimate of how many men it will contain when finished, according to a plan then being prepared

Aspect

Manuscript on recto and verso of first page of folded sheet, second page blank

Inscribed

In pen and brown ink in an unidentified hand, the title on recto of first sheet, An Extract of the Officers and Number of men, contained in ye Royal Hospitall att Greenwich and what it will Contain when finished, according to ye present Plann, now advancing Novemr A:o 1728; and at top centre of sheet in C19 hand, 4

Signed and dated

November 1728

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over faint graphite ledger lines; on laid paper, folded down centre and pasted on guard, the second fold having a circular ring-shaped brown stain on verso, apparently from the base of a small wine glass (early date), and two larger, fainter stains from a cup or glass; 527 x 740

Hand

Unidentified hand in office of Colen Campbell

Watermark

Countermark (first fold): IHS / IVILLEDARY; Watermark (second fold): Strasbourg Lily / 4LVG; see [11/10] (109/3)

Notes

The schedule brings together the numbers of men currently occupying the building and the numbers that will occupy those parts not yet finished, namely Queen Mary's Court and the Infirmary (on verso of sheet). The present Plann in the title of the sheet corresponds to the next drawing in the volume, dated 1728: [11/1]. On the recto of the first folio are listed the men in King Charles II Court (192 and 30 nurses), Queen Anne's Court (North Pavillion and South Pavillion, 400 in total), and King William's Court (South Dormitory, 400 men, and [on verso] West Dormitory, 144 men). The remainder of the verso lists those in Queen Mary's Court (When finished...totalling the same as in King William's Court, i.e., 544), and in The Infirmary as Propos'd, totalling 200 Private men, 20 nurses, 100 Poor Widows, and 50 Orphans. The schedule concludes at the bottom of the verso of the first folio with Total Number of Private Persons - - 1980. This total matches the sub-totals of men, nurses and other individuals listed in the sections on the sheet.

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