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James Blake of Rotherhithe, Timber Merchant

Wayne C. Ripley

I have now uncovered what I believe to be the admission paper of Blake’s father for the Freedom of the City of London. It includes new information that seems to validate Bentley’s suspicion that Blake’s grandfather could be identified with James Blake, a timber merchant who died in Ratcliff, Middlesex, in 1754.

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