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Context of Scriveners' documents | EDWARD BACKWELL was an English goldsmith and banker who was elected an alderman of the City of London shortly before the Restoration, early in 1660. His son JOHN BACKWELL was involved with his father in both banking and office-holding. In 1671 they were jointly appointed as comptrollers of customs in the port of London. SIR ROBERT CLAYTON, born in 1629, was described as the arch-scrivener of his age. In 1624 an act of Parliament defined scriveners as "persons who received other men's monies or estates into their trust or custody". Attorneys and notaries were admitted to the Company of Scriveners, thus preserving its monopoly of conveyancing work
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