Ithell, Benedict, d. 1737.
1 v. (118 p.)
Acquired through the Kenyon Law Starling Fund.
Account book of Benedict Ithell (d. 1737), deputy paymaster at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, giving a record of his very successful finances over a period of twenty years. Especially interesting are the entries relating to his involvement in the two "Classis" lotteries of 1711 and 1712, his dealings in South Sea stock, and his annuities from the Exchequer. Loans by Ithell to numerous parties are listed in addition to rents collected on various properties (the bookseller Fletcher Giles rented a property in the Holborn). Ithell was clearly wealthy, building a mansion in Hertfordshire in 1712, about the same time his portrait was painted by William Faithorne, Jr. The manuscript is ink on paper, 118 ruled pages with entries occupying about half the book.