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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









Bibliography and Further Reading



The following manuscripts and books have been consulted and the writer is indebted to their authors and custodians:


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Oriental and India

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1702 – 1834 (L/MAR/B):

Office Collections:






Journal of Cruttenden,




1 Nov 1762 – 29 Sep 1764










Journal of Cruttenden,




14 Nov 1765 – 3 Aug 1767





College of Arms:

Grants 11.114, MS 5D14.223



Corporation of London Records

Alphabets of City of London Freedom




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ELJL/308/1, Edward Woolstoncraft





Newgate Prison, ventilators (MSS 54.8)




Dorset Archives Service:

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Sherborne (MIC/R/672, PE/SH:RE 2/1)





Britannia, daughter of Edward and



Eliza Turner, 12th June 1815

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Ms10091/106A1078, Edward Bland




Wollstonecraft to Lydia Cooke,




3rd November 1761









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and Jane Woolstonecraft,

22nd August 1715








Ms 4517/1, Edward Bland, son of




Charles and Britannia Wollstonecraft,



 29th March 1736




Ms 4517/2, Mary, daughter of Edward


John and Elizabeth Wollstonecraft,




20th May 1759






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Ms 4517/1, Jane Wolstoncraft,




 24th January 1732





Mary Wollstonecraft,




 8th February 1746/47





Ms 4517/2,




Edward Wollstonecraft,




5th February 1765




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(Ms 9668):








Elizabeth, daughter of Edward and




Elizabeth Wollstonecraft,




 11th November 1781





Edward, son of Edward and Elizabeth




Wollstonecraft, 23rd November 1783







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(Ms 9665):








Edward Wollstonecraft to Mary




Cranwell, 15th January 1732/33







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Lydia Wollstonecraft,




 11th October 1762


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14th August 1765


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Marin v


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421, 602,



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KB 105/4/6958







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PROB 11/1265, Quire 95,




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PROB 11/1468, Quire 34,




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