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  • Place of origin:

    Derby (made)

  • Date:

    c 1812 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hood, Francis, born 1800 - died 1863 (author)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Barbara Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Small book comprised of ten handwritten sheets, irregularly sized, bound with string between two sheets of blue card.
The front of the book is inscribed 'Francis Hood's book'. The first page features an alphabet in gothic script in upper then lowercase. There follows a series of sentences each starting with a different letter of the alphabet, arranged three to a page. There is an alphabet written out in shorthand on the back of the fourth page. The final page is another alphabet in capital letters on obverse, and two alphabets in lowercase on the reverse. There is writing on the inside back cover, but it is now illegible.

Place of Origin

Derby (made)


c 1812 (made)


Hood, Francis, born 1800 - died 1863 (author)

Materials and Techniques

Ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

‘A fool uttereth all his mind’
‘Boast not of thine own works’
‘Cease to hear evil instruction’
‘Go not with wicked company’
‘Health is a great blessing’
‘It is good to have a friend’
‘Kingdoms are lost and won’
‘Let another man praise thee’
‘Mercy becomes a conqueror’
‘No man can ensure health’
‘O ye simple understand wisdom’
‘Pride goeth before destruction’
‘Quietly receive correction’
‘Revenge belongs to god alone’
‘Scrutinize & rectify yourself’
‘Thorny is the wicked’s paw’
‘Vociferation is not argument’
‘Wastefulness brings want’
‘Xenophon, a lover of erudition’
‘Youth is the slave of passion’
‘Zealously emulate the good’


Width: 19.2 cm, Height: 8 cm

Object history note

This collection of books belonged to Derby tailor Francis Hood and his children.

Francis was born in Ashbourne, Derby, in 1800. In 1823 he married Susanna Wilson, and they had five children. All their names, apart from the youngest, Susanna, appear on the exercise and copy books. Francis was a successful tailor, and the enterprise grew to be a flourishing family business.

George (born 1827) was a tailor with his father by the age of 14. He died aged only 24.

Elizabeth (born 1830) became a milliner and dressmaker. She married Scottish draper John Train, but was soon widowed, and thereafter is listed is woollen goods trader as well as dressmaker.

Francis (born 1832) moved to Australia, possibly before his twentieth birthday, where he stayed the rest of his life.

Henry (born 1836) was an apprentice in 1851. Ten years later, at the age of 25, he inherited the family business, and by 1881 was employing 6 men and 2 boys. He was married to Elizabeth from Somerset, and they had six children. He was able to retire in his mid-sixties and move to a country house on the proceeds of the business. Soon after, Elizabeth died, but Henry remarried at the age of 72 to a woman 31 years his junior. His second son George (born 1868) continued the Hood dynasty from the 1890s, though the shop in St John Street, Ashbourne, remained ‘Henry Hood & Son’ in 1900.

Susanna (born 1838) never married, and lived with Elizabeth. She was also a dressmaker.

The books were passed down through Henry’s children to the donor’s husband.

Descriptive line

Bound collection of handwriting exercises, by Francis Hood, Derby, about 1812


Paper; Ink




Children & Childhood; Education & Learning

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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