Schooten Timber - May 1822. House Book and Timber sales.
Schoten: na. Vellum wrapped soft covered notebook with "Schooten Timber May 1822, House book 28 July 1824" written in ink to the front cover. Approx 70 pages with manuscript entries in English in a back to back format. From the front are a variety of entries, including a list of items "Left at Schooten 1822" further timber details, receipts for fattening geese, a "Method of recovering people apparently drownd", a recipe to remedy gout, how to sharpen razors, how to recover tainted meat, and sever commonplace book entries - "female tenderness", "on swearing" etc. At the other end, is recorded timber on the estate, with Spruce mentioned several times, some of it "sent to Antwerp" with several pages of tables showing girth, shingles, wood for piling etc. The book is water stained throughout, but still legible, and with interesting "articles" throughout. 165 by 105mm (6½ by 4¼ inches).
Schoten is a municipality in the suburbs of Antwerp, Belgium. it is neighboured by Brasschaat, Brecht, Schilde and Winjegem. Between 1816 and 1829 the port at Antwerp experienced annual growth of 4.5% pa. thanks to the industrial revolution and new technologies increasing links around the world. At that time, Antwerp was larger than the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam together. From the manuscript, it appears that an English merchant had a household in Schoten.