Documents as dinner

I’m still always amused* at this sort of entry in an archival catalogue:

No. 59
REGISTER of the names of those who personally appeared, as required under the Test Act, at the Quarter Sessions for co. Denbigh from 15 July 1673 to 15 Jan. 1688/9, to deliver certificates of receiving the Sacrament according to the usage of the Church of England, to take the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and to make a declaration against Transubstantiation.
(Roll; parts destroyed by vermin) [my emphasis]

And the next one “helps to fill up gaps nibbled out of No. 59”. Lovely.

*Well, amused as long as it’s not a document I need to call up.

I swear, my next research project will be based on printed sources.

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5 Responses to Documents as dinner

  1. NDR says:

    Well, there have been a few times I have had a request returned with “destroyed in air raid” or “moved” (which means the Nazis intended to place them in a secret archive, but lost them along the way.)

  2. Dr. Claire says:

    I passed with minor corrections! (typos, appendix needs a bit of a reorder)

  3. Sharon says:

    That’s brilliant news!! Congratulations!!

  4. Chris Williams says:

    Result, Dr. Claire! Nice one.

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