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A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits, & Pres

And came to the house of William Corder


account is, that they come into lodgings at Michaelmas, and continue till April, then they set out on travel, and go into Norfolk, &c.

That some time ago, some of them had embraced an offer to educate their children at St. Patrick's charity school, which had been established by the chaplain to the Portuguese ambassador; but some dissatisfaction arising in consequence of the religion of the conductors of that Institution, they had removed their children to the school for the Irish, taught by Partak Ivery, No. 5, George-street.

Uriah Lovell, the head of one of the families, made a very decent appearance; three of his children have been four winters at school, and learned to read and write; their father having paid sixpence per week, for each of them.--Partak was sent for, and came to the house of William Corder, where he confirmed the above account, saying there had been six Gypsey children at his school, and that when placed among others, they were reducible to order.

These Gypsies, like those upon Hainault forest, appeared to be greatly delighted at meeting with a person, acquainted, as they thought, with their language, and were remarkably free in speaking it.

James Corder, son of William Corder, obtained the following account of some of the lodgers in Westminster, and in the Borough, &c.


_Family_. _Occupation and Residence_.

John Lovell, wife and 6 children, Chair-bottomer, Tunbridge-street.

James Lovell, do. 6 do. Tinker, Church-lane.

Joseph Lovell, do. 3 do. Chair-bottomer, New-street.

Thomas Lovell, do. 2 do. Chair bottomer, Banbridge-street.

William Lovell, do. 1 do. Knife-grinder, Church-street.

Lussha Cooper, wife and 10 children, Rat-catcher, Tottenham-court-road.

Corrie Lovell, do. 5 do. Knife-grinder, Bolton-street.

Uriah Lovell, do. 6 do. Chair-bottomer, Bolton-street.

Thomas Lovell, do. 7 do. Knife-grinder, Paddington.

Solomon Lovell, do. 4 do. Chair-bottomer, New-street.

Solomon Jones, do. 2 do. Basket-maker and Wire-worker, Battle-bridge.

Men and Women, 22--52 Children.

John Lee, wife and 9 children, Chair-bottomer, Tothil-fields.

Richard Taylor, do. 3 do. Wire-worker, New-street.

Betsey Lovell, widow, Supported by her son Joseph Lovell.

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