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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Unreadable (by me) words
« on: Sunday 17 October 21 16:50 BST (UK)  »
Hi -I am hoping you can help here. I am coming to the end of a very long transcription project, and there are 4 words in different places I just cannot make sense of.

They are:

1. Particular marks - I have:  [can't read first word] bite of dog on left elbow.

2. Previous offences - I have: Stealing a bag containing [can't read] yarns, etc

3. Father's name and occupation - I have: Richard William Hampson  [can't read word]

4. State of Health - I have: Frail and of [can't read] tendency

Thanks for any help

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / What does he manufacture?
« on: Monday 11 October 21 13:51 BST (UK)  »
Hi - I've struggled to identify what kind of manufacturer has signed this note. It reads, as best I can tell: ...will write [words crossed out] you, yours truly, Daniel Sutherland ... manufacturer. I am hoping that someone could identify this for me, please.

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Staffordshire / Indecipherable place name
« on: Sunday 10 October 21 17:13 BST (UK)  »
Hi - I'm hoping someone might be able to identify this place name. Looks like K...ton Heath. It's the residence of a boy sent to Saltley Reformatory in Birmingham in 1860. As he was living in Silverdale I assume this place must be somewhere in that vicinity, but I could be wrong...

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Letters
« on: Saturday 09 October 21 16:20 BST (UK)  »
Trying to make sense of a couple of letters, and hoping you can help. Context - a boy at Saltley Reformatory in the 1880s was released on licence (a sort of probation) and committed a crime. I have photographed 2 letters from Warwick Prison to the Reformatory School about the lad, but am struggling with some words. The first one (which is page 2 of the letter) starts ...'know' and then becomes difficult.

The second one reads Sir, As to boy Cox, I note your decision to take him in to the school again, he will be released from here on the 16th instant. Please write and say what .... .... messenger will call for him on that day and he will be delivered upon production of a note from yourself. I cannot remove him and have no mind to detain[?] him beyond his imprisonment here [signature unreadable] but cannot make out what two words are intended where the dots are, as well as the word I have tentatively construed as 'detain'. Again, any ideas welcome.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / First name not obvious
« on: Friday 19 March 21 10:29 GMT (UK)  »
Any ideas as to what this father's first name might be, please? It looks like Jobl, but surely not!

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / What did he steal?
« on: Wednesday 06 January 21 16:27 GMT (UK)  »
Hi - having trouble working out what the last word is in the line that begins "Stealing a quantity of...]
I can't think of any word that would fit the apparent letters. Any help much appreciated.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Intriguing unreadable line
« on: Tuesday 15 December 20 16:28 GMT (UK)  »
Hi - I am hopeful that someone will do better then me at reading a couple of words. I have "He has... a pregnant visitor". Unfortunately the quality of the original photo is not brilliant. Photo is from a column in a ledger listing inmates of Saltley Reformatory let out on licence to work - a sort of Victorian parole.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / What occupation is this?
« on: Monday 27 July 20 18:00 BST (UK)  »
I am hoping that someone can identify this occupation on a marriage certificate. It clearly starts Ga...
For the life of me I can't think what it might be. Any ideas, please?

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Ireland / Correct form of surname
« on: Wednesday 03 June 20 14:19 BST (UK)  »
I came across someone in a report named as Thomas Murphy or Mackereenah. This last name looks like an attempt to write what was heard, but what would the correct form of that surname be (if it is a surname)? Because of the first surname I have assumed that the second would be Irish. Any suggestions, please?

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