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Composite Parish Registers 1667-1746 - Page 72

Composite Parish Registers 1667-1746 - Page 72
Used with kind permission of HcN PCC, and Huntingdonshire Archives (HP44/1/1/1)

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April 29th 1728 Paid to William Saunders  of? Bray four pounds and three pence, collected in Holliwell cum Needingworth for the relief of the suffering by Fire at Stilton

May the 30th 1671

Paid cen? to Dr Budd, by Edward Offley the sum of £2 16s 11d, Collected in Hallywell upon the Brief for the Redemption of English Captives taken by Turkish Pyrates.

[A Note about Money

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  • The sign for a pound was either the abbreviation 'li', or the £ sign. Both come from the Latin word 'libra', meaning 'pound'. The £ sign developed from a very elaborate capital 'L'.

  • Shillings were usually abbreviated to 's'. The 's' stands for 'sesterius' or 'solidos', coins used by the Romans.

  • Pennies were, confusingly, abbreviated to 'd'. This is because the Latin word for this coin was 'denarius'.

  • A still smaller Roman coin was an 'obulus'. The abbreviation 'ob' was used for halfpennies.

  • Farthings were abbreviated to 'qua', short for 'quandrans', or a quarter of a penny. The word 'farthing' is an old English word meaning 'a fourth-thing'.]

[A Note about Collections upon a Brief

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Special collections in the parish were frequently made “by virtue of Letters Patent”, or a Brief.The Brief, which was read out in Church, was a mandate from the Privy Council ordering collections to be made for special objects outside the parish, such as building churches, relieving sufferers by fire, refugees, suffering Protestants abroad, &c. A large number of these Briefs received at Hope, which are entered in the Churchwardens' Book, are for losses by fire.

There was a certain collection by Brief in 1686 for “French Protestants”; and another in 1689 for “Irish Protestants”. “For losse by Fire in ye parish of St. George in Southwark” in 1690; “for casualties at sea” in 1692; “for losse by fire in Hedon, concomitant with yt for ye redemption of captives” in 1693; and again in 1700 “Paid to ye Brief for ye Captives 10s. 2d.”: “for ye poor distressed Palatines”, the inhabitants of the Palatine States of Germany, in 1709.

There is an interesting entry in 1752: “Collected upon the Brief for the Propagation of the Gospel in foreign parts”. The Society known as the S.P.G., the oldest of the Missionary Societies, was founded in 1701. There are also entries for the “Colleges in America” and for the “relief of the distressed clergymen in America” in 1763 and 1779 respectively.]
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