Memoranda book of John Graham Clarke (c.1736-1818), 1797

Scope and Content

The volume is an annotated printed memorandum book for the year 1797 (entitled 'The Newcastle' and printed by S. Hodgson). It contains printed columns for weekly accounts and appointments etc. with each page opening representing one week. At the back of the diary is printed information comprising a pocket trade directory for the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area. Clarke completed the diary until the week of 28 May when entries cease. The end papers of the diary have been used by Clarke to note the names of the people that he invited to dinner and supper between January and April. The diary entries themselves are largely dinner engagements giving the name of the host. These entries are accompanied with weekly financial accounts.

The volume contains one loose item, a receipt for a sum of money paid as interest on a loan provided by Ambrose Surtees. It is dated 12 January 1797.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Graham (John Graham Clarke after 1786) of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was a wealthy merchant and industrialist. He was the owner of sugar plantations in Jamaica, a brewery, a glass works, and spinning mills. He was President of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Chamber of Commerce from 1815 to 1818, the year of his death. He died on 7 August 1818. His obituary notice in The Times stated that he was in his 83rd year.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

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Custodial History

The history of ownership of the diary before it was acquired by The University of Nottingham is not recorded.