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President: Mr James Puxley, Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire

Chairman: Professor Ralph Houlbrooke

General Editor: Dr Peter Durrant


Volume 18 Cover

Diaries and Correspondence of Robert Lee of Binfield 1736-1744

Edited by Harry Leonard

Published by Berkshire Record Society in 2012

ISBN: 0 9548716 8 5

This volume contains Dr Harry Leonardís edition of the three surviving diaries of Robert Lee of Binfield, together with his correspondence for the period 1736-1744. Lee was an active justice in south-east Berkshire and his three surviving diaries contain notes of his judicial business as well a record of his social life in Berkshire, London and Somerset, where he managed the estates of his uncle, the fifth Earl of Sterline, in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Somerset. The edition is supplemented by the text of over 130 letters written by Lee during this period, and supported by an extensive appendix containing biographical details of many of the individuals prominent in the pages of the diaries.

Contents

Foreword v
Introduction vii
Editorial note lviii
Family tree of the Lee, Trumbull and Alexander Families lxii
DIARY 1 (1735/6-1737) 1
DIARY 2 (1737/8-1739) 106
DIARY 3 (1742-1743/4) 184
JUSTICE NOTES 211
NOTES AND JOTTINGS 219
LETTERS 235
Appendix: Dramatis Personae 303
Index of personal names 363
Index of places 388
Index of subjects 399