Cash books of Henry Daws of Nottinghamshire (distiller, maltster or brewer),1786-1816

Scope and Content

The detail provided in these two cash books is sufficient to provide an insight into the businesscareer of Henry Daws and his professional occupation. More information about his identity, stationand civic role would add significance to the evidence. FR 60 in particular is interesting from thepoint of view of social welfare provision in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nothing is known of Henry Daws whose name appears on the inside cover of the account books inthis collection. The first cash book is dominated by payments for barley and malt and it seemslikely therefore that Daws was a distiller, maltster or brewer. From the second cash book (FR 69),it can be assumed that he was financially independent, perhaps wealthy and that he was mobile,making regular journeys to Mansfield, Bulwell, Nottingham and Arnold, all in Nottinghamshire, aswell as a journey to Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. He visited Newark (presumably Newark-Upon-Trent,Nottinghamshire) to be 'sworn in', probably as a Justice of the Peace or a Poor Law Commissioner.Many of the payments recorded in the second cash book were made to assist the poor, those summonsedto court or fatherless children.


The cash books have been arranged chronologically.

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Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

The cash books were acquired by The University of Nottingham's Library in 1951.

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