A SNIPPET FROM LOUIS’ ACCOUNT

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Here is a portion in Louis’ handwriting of his account with the Prince of Wales for the 26th July, 1787.
It includes a jacket for Maria Fitzherbert.
It is legible if you hover over the image and select ‘Click to View Large’.
As usual, there are several alterations.  The Prince paid 7/6 each for a pair of drawers.

Transcription (sorry the columns are a bit out, but Posterous doesn’t seem that good at formatting)

26th Altering 3 blue frocks as the others at 5/- each                        15/-   
        Altering 3 pair nankeen col’d cotton stocking breeches.
        making new garters to do.
        & for new silk strings – 2/6 each-                                     7/6   1/2/6
        To a pair lead col’d silk stocking breeches as usual (cotton)       1/11/6   
        To a pair olive col’d stocking silk breeches as usual                   2/14/-   
        4 pair drawers – 7/6                                                       1/10/-  5/15/6
        To making a Levet for Mrs. FitzHerbert                               12/-   
        4 yds brown cloth – 19/-                                                 3/16/-   
        Silk sleeve lining                                                               9/-   
        Blue silk cord for the edges                                                6/-   
        18 rich enamel painted butt’s                                           5/5/-   
        Sewing silk & twist                                                            2/6  10/10/6

Notes

‘…as the others’ means like those done previously

‘Nankeen col’d’ – nankeen was a type of Indian cotton of a yellowish hue

A ‘levet’ was probably a type of riding habit.  These were the only items of lady’s clothing habitually made by male tailors.  The price of making it up was 12 shillings.  This is followed by the amount of brown cloth required at 19/- a yard, silk lining just for the sleeves and a blue piping round the edges.  Rich enamel painted buttons and a charge for the sewing silk.  ‘Twist’ was multi-stranded silk used for decoration, e.g., around buttonholes.

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