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    I'd spotted that Robert Balle had fled the country (back to Leghorn) sometime after July 1720. So was the "Kensington misfortune" the loss of his patron?

    In 1720 one of Richard's books had gone into its 3rd edition, so some money was rolling in.

    Again, thanks for this post.
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    Bradley had built up a considerable collection of exotic plants from collections in Europe as well as the UK, he reckoned it was worth over 2000 quid. Lacking any land himself, he kept them all on Balle’s land. If he fell out with the new owners, he probably wouldn’t have been able to claim the collection, especially since this was before he had the Professorial status.

    All sorts of bits of the story have started coming together, it’s been a very interesting afternoon and I must thank you for finding the missing bits of the jigsaw. It’s cheered me up no end!

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    A depressingly wet afternoon has kept me indoors and away from the allotment/garden. Checking out Richard was the perfect antidote.
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