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This symbol is actually an elaborate ‘L’, from the Latin ‘libra’, meaning pound. Half a mark (one-third of a pound) was therefore 6s 8d.
Compare the symbol for about a pound in weight, which is represented by ‘lb’ - it comes from the same. A shilling was represented by ‘s’, originally short for ‘solidos’, a Roman coin. A penny was represented by ‘d’, short for ‘denarius’, a Roman coin. A halfpenny was represented by ‘ob’, short for ‘obolus’, a Roman coin. A farthing was represented by ‘qua’, short for ‘quadrans’. When transcribing documents that mention amounts of money, do not expand the abbreviations such as li, ob, etc.
By 1752 England was some 11 days behind other European countries.
So in 1752 these days had to be cut out of the year to make the adjustment.
Leave them abbreviated, and remember to transcribe li as ‘£’. Top of page Square measurements were given in acres (abbreviated to ‘a’), roods (‘r’) and perches (‘p’).
40 perches = 1 rood 4 roods = 1 acre Confusion arises from the fact that a perch is also a measurement of length.The Julian Calendar did not correspond exactly to the solar year.The new Gregorian Calendar cut 10 days from the year in adjustment.Compare this with the modern French word for 80 - quatre-vingts, ‘four twenties’.Ordinal numbers are represented by superscript letters following them, just as today. Top of page Money was calculated in pounds, shillings and pence. The pound was represented either by ‘li’, or £: transcribe both with a £ sign before the amount given. It was worth two-thirds of a pound, that is 13s 4d.Therefore Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed immediately by Thursday 14 September.