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Charts and Figures



1 Initial Stages

2 The Wollstonecraft Connection

3 Records at the Guildhall Library

4 Edward John's Family

5 Edward's Will

6 Edward Bland, Merchant Adventurer

7 Links with the Rutson Family

8 Poor Britannia!

9 Edward Wollstonecraft, Weaver and Citizen of London

10 Marin v Wollstonecraft

11 Entertained in the House of Nell Gwynn

12 The Chancellor's Decree and Order

13 Epilogue








                I would like to express my thanks to the dedicated staff of the many record offices and libraries visited in the course of undertaking this research. I value highly the knowledgeable advice and assistance willingly offered by the experts.

                The following people and places should be mentioned especially and, where they have kindly given permission for reproduction of material, I have included the details, together with the relevant page numbers:

                British Library:

                Oriental and India Office Collections:

                Transcriptions of entries in journals, pp 63 - 75

                Picture Library:

                Illustration, p 58

                British Museum:

                Illustration, p 103

                Mr Peter W Coldham:Permission to quote from his book, "English
                Convicts in Colonial America, Volume I, Middlesex,

                1617 -1775", p 87

                Corporation of London:
                Corporation of London Records Office:
                Reproduction of document, p 105

                Guildhall Library: Illustrations, pp 30, 82, 83, 86, 101
                Reproduction of documents, pp 29, 33, 38
                Transcription, p 24
                London Metropolitan Archives:
                Reproduction of documents, pp 11, 14, 21
                Dorset Archives Service: Reproduction of document, p 18
                Family Records Centre
                Hampshire Record Office: Reproduction of document, p 23
                Mr Simon Kidner:Permission to copy an extract from his web page, P 61
                Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:Permission to copy entries in the International Genealogical Index, pp 10, 20, 22
                National Maritime Museum: Illustrations, pp 62, 64, 69
                National Portrait Gallery: Illustrations, pp 24, 108
                Public Record Office:Reproductions of documents, pp 16, 17, 26, 34, 35, 39, 40, 42, 43, 47, 77, 88, 112, 113, 118, 119, 125, 129
                Transcriptions and various documents used as source material
                The Registrar General and the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office:Copy of document, p 8
                Royal Statistical Society:Illustration, p 91
                Society of Genealogists:Extracts from indices, pp 12, 22
                Southend on Sea Central Library
                Wellcome Library:Illustrations, pp 96, 97
                The Worshipful Company of Weavers: Transcriptions of apprenticeship records, pp 80, 104, 105
                City of Westminster Archives Centre

                Without the help given by all concerned, such investigations as this would not be possible.

                I am very grateful, also, to Tina King and Julia Godsill for proof-reading the text. I much appreciate their thoughts and encouragement. I hope the reader will excuse any errors that may not have been found. Despite trying to be as accurate as possible, checking and rechecking repeatedly, slips are, no doubt, lying undetected.

                Additionally, I have become aware that my exploration into this family history can never be complete. Everyday I find more detail and information to add. Nevertheless, I think it is important that the facts uncovered so far should be recorded without delaying further. They are of interest and, if not reported and made available for all to see, the discoveries might remain concealed and perhaps even be sadly lost forever.

                Read on and enjoy!