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Memoir of Thomas Martin by Sir John Fenn

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Memoir of Thomas Martin by Sir John Fenn
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Extent and format
Paper; ff. ii + 11.
Bound with MSS/0031, 0032.
Scope and content
Memoirs of the life of Thomas Martin of Palgrave, FSA (1697-1771), by Sir John Fenn, FSA, with an account of the dispersal of Martin's collections of MSS, books, pictures, coins and other curiosities (titlepage, fol. 1). Covering letter, Jan. 1779, fol. 2.

Martin married as his second wife, Frances, widow of Peter Le Neve, Norroy (d. 1729). Fenn's paper was read to SA, 23 Nov. 1780 (Minute Book XVII, pp. 171-81). Silhouette portrait of Martin, taken in 1770, laid down on fol. 1v; cutting of signature of Martin, fol. ii. The MS of an expanded version by Fenn, 1784, owned by the Rev. Dr Augustus Jessopp, was published in Norfolk Archaeology, 15 (1904), 233-66; the later version has further details of the dispersal of Martin's collections. See also A.J., 63 (1963), 98, 103-5, for Martin as a friend of Fenn; J. Blatchly, The Topographers of Suffolk (5th ed., 1988), 39; D. Stoker, 'The ill-gotten library of 'Honest Tom' Martin' in R. Myers, M. Harris (eds.), Property of a Gentleman (1991), 91-111.
Fenn, John (1739-1794), Knight, antiquary
Previous reference number(s)
MS 33