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Hello, I am hoping to make sense of this faint writing on the back of a portrait miniature. The portrait is signed "TL" and dated "1821" on the front, bottom right. The back of the frame has writing on it which has suffered through the 200 years. I would be grateful for any help, or even suggestions on how to photograph it. The pics attached are the best I've been able to do from different angles. This might be too far gone, but all thoughts very gratefully received!
At the risk of prejudicing any comments, I can see five lines of text -

1.   Painted by ... (?)
2.   3 Park St Grosvenor (?)
3.   ... B...ll (?)
4.   Sea ... (?)
5.   ... Stratford Hall / Bath / Heath (?)

Europe / Italian Red Cross nurse in WW1 Adele Porto
« on: Tuesday 09 March 21 21:47 GMT (UK)  »
Hello, I have a little notebook which belonged to a Red Cross nurse called Adele Porto. I think she was Italian, and looking after wounded Italian soldiers during WW1, probably in Italy. I can't find her anywhere though. I don't know if Porto was a later married name either. Do you know how I can find an archive of Italian Red Cross nurses?
Many thanks

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Italian capitano, 1821 portrait
« on: Sunday 07 March 21 15:42 GMT (UK)  »
Hello, I have this old painting which I am trying to ID. It was painted in March 1821 and is likely to be Italian. The name is at the bottom on the back. I can make out “...capitano di...”. I think the word after that is “Granaglio” (it might not be) but I can’t read the word at the start.
Do you have any ideas please,

Hello, I am hoping I can discover the identity of the Georgian dandy in this picture. He is French, and there is a name faintly written on the back. This is the only picture with the writing which I have I'm afraid.
I think I can see Monsieur on the top left, and possibly a "Du David" on the line below, but that doesn't sound right. The swirly French handwriting doesn't help me either!
Does anyone have any thoughts? I think that a true Frenchy would probably have the best hope.

Hello, I am continuing to research a shipbuilder's journal from about 1830, and am struggling with the following two entries. Help please! Problem words are in square brackets...

The first is the word shown between the two ladies. The entry reads:
"A remarkably fine day, wind at SW. No letters. Continued [chorbat] cold all day. Still very poorly in a bad cold."

The second relates to the launch of a new ship. The owner (Mr Fisher) divides up £80, but why? Perhaps to share with the yard workers?
"Poor morning. Wind at WNW at ½ past 12pm, [launched] the new ship Coeur de Lion for Messrs Fisher and Son, Liverpool. She [much?] a beautiful launch and was moored opposite the Custom House. Mr Fisher divided £80 [?] for the [wimseals]. Dined at Bowls, a large party and spent a pleasant day."

Many thanks.

Hello, I am researching an old shipbuilder's journal from 1830, and need some help with a word please. One page includes a list of mottos, to be painted onto the merchant brigs the yard built. I can read most of it, but am stuck on the following... I had assumed the one near the bottom said "Sail, Plough and Smithy" but I'm not sure about "smithy". Blacksmith does kind of fit with the other two, but I don't know. The Latin equivalent isn't much help to me, and seems to translate as "the weary arm"! All suggestions gratefully received. 

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Lover? Joker? Mystery word in an 1824 diary
« on: Saturday 02 January 21 12:43 GMT (UK)  »
Hello, I would be grateful for any assistance with the following please, which is from an 1824 diary of a journey to the Mediterranean. With earlier help, I have deciphered most of it, but am left unsure about the first word of the second page below. The captain referred to here is called John.

The text otherwise reads... "The breeze continued to favour us the whole of this day. Had a good laugh at the expense of ___ with the Captain, who I now began to suspect is a general [Lover]. He spoke highly of the Misses Dallas of Manchester whom he met at a ball at Parkgate on 7th and 8th October, and intends calling upon them when he next trips to Manchester."

Lover? Joker? Louis?

Armed Forces / Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« on: Wednesday 30 December 20 21:42 GMT (UK)  »
Hello, I would be very grateful for any help/guidance with the following please. I am researching a family whose son fought in the Peninsular War, but am struggling to find much about his service record. What's the best way to find more please?
His name was Richard Monk, of Parkgate, Cheshire (1785-1826). I have detailed reports of his murder , but very little about when he enlisted and his active service.

[date unknown] Entered the army in the Regiment of Royal Cheshire Militia
[date unknown] Volunteered into the 22nd (Chester) Regiment of Foot
[date unknown] Served in the Brunswick Oels Hussars in Europe during the Peninsular War.
1812, Dec 5th. Promoted from Ensign to Lieutenant.
[date unknown] Joined the 53rd (Shropshire) Reg.
1825, Jan 20th. Paymaster with the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Reg.
1825. Survived the sinking on the East Indiaman "Kent".
1826, Dec 4th. Murdered on the River Ganges

I would be extremely grateful for any help please, as I am running out of steam! What I really need are dates for him personally. I can trace the movements of his regiment from there.

Hello, I would be very grateful for help with the following please. It is a follow-up note on the back of a letter from Captain Brace to the Admiralty in London from 1816. Someone needs to tell him that he is not getting promoted. I've got the following, but am struggling with the bracketed part...

"Lord Melville informed the Board that he would answer by a private letter [in a applice to the sense of feel] which had been addressed to him individually by Captain Brace.

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