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1 (SM volume 164)


1 (SM volume 164)


(pencil) Letter from Mesr Mayne / of Bond St ('Kent's Directory 1794' gives an Andrew Main, Jeweller & Toyman at 102 New Bond Street but no Mayne) was sent to Bengal in 13 weeks / for £250 (sic) / (pen) For Sicily - April 9 1779 / (here follows a ticked off list of garments to be taken on his visit to Sicily) 8 Shirts 8 Stocks / 3 White, 2 red handkerchiefs / 1 pr of Nankeen Breeches (of naturally yellow cotton cloth made in Nanking) 1 Waistcoat / 1 pr of Dimity do (breeches of undyed stout cotton cloth with raised pattern) 1 ditto (waistcoat) / 1 Pr of broad striped do (breeches) 1 ditto (waistcoat) / 1 flowd do (waistcoat) / 6 pairs of Silk Stockings / 1 ditto / 2 Night caps
Soane left for Sicily on 21 April 1779 and was there from 29 April to 23 May. After a brief interlude in Malta, he returned to Sicily from 4 to 20 June 1779. The sketch/notebook covering his trip in Sicily has not survived.



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