Meaning of classified Ad

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  1. mikejee

    mikejee Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone suggest what, other than the obvious illegal explanation, this advert is referring to in the Birmingham Post of 5.12.1865. The sums mentioned would have been quite large at that time
     

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  2. Findem

    Findem The Fearless One

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    At first I thought it might have something to do with land at Smethwick for shooting Partridge or Pheasant or whatever but if so why 5 or 10 pounds, the wording just doesn't sit well, unless it was a clumsy attempt at brevity for cost purposes.

    The name William Parsons could even be the name of a property, an ancestor sibling of mine, Richard Searle born c1520, owned a property in Great Bardfield named "Geoffrey Taylors".

    John Cox could be the current owner or an agent.

    Let's hope someone can come up with a rational (or believable) explanation.:)
     
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    Findem The Fearless One

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    Just had a thought 5 pounds for shooting Partridge, 10 pounds for Pheasant, those being larger than Partridge. :rolleyes: :D
     
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    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    Thinking along the lines of #2, I've been looking to see if "John Cox" is a location or name of a type of game or slang expression. No luck from here. Wording does bring up some not nice mental images.
     
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  5. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Could it be local slang for 'fox'.
    Lots of money for one fox though, maybe a contract of some kind.
    If my name was John Cox from Smethwick I'd be ducking for cover.
     
  6. AnnB

    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I reckon it is one of those cryptic messages that have always popped up in the personal columns of newspapers - hopefully with a totally innocent outcome :rolleyes:

    Ann
     
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    Mealymoo A Busy Lizzy

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    After searching for clues in the early hours and finding none, I'll go with you Ann as you're good at this newspaper stuff :D.
     
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