With the page turned vertically, Turner has noted the following above the prominent printed label pasted to the centre of the page:
840 12 May 1808 20
Paid [...] Taxes
The illegible word is partly rubbed and worn away; it is very short, ending in a letter with a long tail, and may simply be ‘my’. For more on Turner’s finances as set out in the extensive notes in this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
The shield-shaped, engraved label pasted lengthways onto the endpaper is surmounted by a Prince of Wales crown and ostrich feather crest and a scroll inscribed: ‘Manuf[actu]rer to His Royal Highness the P[rinc]e of W[ales]’. The rubbed and partly obliterated text continues:
Thos. Williams’s | (Late Hall & Co.) | Much Approved Velvet Paper | Memorandum Books | with Metallic Pencils the Points | of which will never Break and the | Writing remains s[ecure] from Eras[ure.] | Keep the Point[s] of the Pencil[s] | smoothly scr[aped] flat and [Write] | with them in the same d[irection] | as with a Pen.
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