<30v> [1]

Infomacon of Mary Ball

This Informt says she has lived with Mrs. Matthews abot 3 quarters of a year that abot. Iune or Iuly last Chaloner and Davis came to her Mrs. House yt Chaloner sent her to Carter's Lodging to fetch an oyle stone which was a short piece of a stone as also a litle botle of Oyle and a violl of Aqua fortis which she brought to Chaloner then he wanted some small Coal to be lighted and a bason of clean water with a Cloth which he had with him in a Room up one pair of staires where he lockt himself in and took out the Key chaloner staid there abot. 2 yeares {sic} this Informt had curiousity to look through the Keyhole and saw Chaloner sitting with his back towards her and his face towards the Window she thought he was writing <31r> but as he turnd his head aside she perceived he had something very br{illeg}|i|ght lying before him which lookt like a plate and she was satisfyed it was a Copper plate seing {sic} it afterwards in her mrs's Trunck when Chaloner came down staires this Informt. went into the room and upon the Window where mr Chaloner sat + she saw a thin shining Dust the same evening Chaloner brought in a piece of leather and made up a Sand Bagg.

The plate this Informt saw in her Mrs. Trunck lookt like a thing that was scratcht the ends lookt like flourishes of a letter and in the midle were some lines scratcht

The next day the bagg was carryed away and she supposes the plate too for she did not see it till abot a fortnight or 3 weeks after wn. Chaloner came againe and wanted some paper

This Informt. fetcht them a pennyworth of the best writing paper Chaloner carryed it up into the room above stairs and askt for scissors a piece of an Earthen Dish and clean Woollen Raggs which had with some clean water and a Napkin Chaloner lockt himself up as before giving orders that if any body askt for him Carter or her mrs. that the Maid should answer that no body was at home + not open the Door Chaloner was by himself shutt up abot. 2 houres and this Informt. peept againe through the key hole and saw Chaloner standing at the window with the earthen Dish by him and the plate before him he took the raggs and dipt them in the Dish yn. he rubd it over the plate and laid some paper atop of it and yn laid something over the paper which lookt whitish like flanell but she could not tell what it was then she thinks he burnt it and took out the paper and laid and then he rubd the plate over againe as he did before and laid over another paper this Informt. peept near 12 an hour then went up stairs and came to the Keyhole againe and saw Chaloner still doing the same thing with his Raggs and his paper

When Chaloner was gone of the room this Informt went into it and saw the Window all daubed only where the plate lay that place was clean in the Earthen Dish and blacking and the ragg left in it she put the Dish up in a Closset <31v> and it so still to be seen as it was left

Abot. a week after that Chaloner gave her mrs a paper with some thing in it which she put into a Trunck that did not close this Informt. opend the Trunck as Chaloner and her mrs. went out togeather there this Informt. saw the same plate againe but all the stroakes were now finisht and black with the stuff which she supposes Chaloner had used when he workt upon it. Chaloner fetcht the Plate againe three or 4 dayes after

Mary Ball


[1] 78

[2] Iurat 23d Oct 98
corramme Ia: Vernon

© 2022 The Newton Project

Professor Rob Iliffe
Director, AHRC Newton Papers Project

Scott Mandelbrote,
Fellow & Perne librarian, Peterhouse, Cambridge

Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL - newtonproject@history.ox.ac.uk

Privacy Statement

  • University of Oxford
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • JISC