Enabling boats to come up the Loire

Written in French on 21 June 1702 is the registration certificate of a company to enable boats to come up the Loire; Rouanne and Grenoble are among the destinations mentioned. I did not closely parse the document, which lives in the oversize box. (It’s one of two from this collection that have been there for a while; they were recently joined by six twentieth century documents, just-barely-oversized laboratory certifications.) The script is legible, though not ridiculously neat and consistent (letter sizes, for example, will vary); the openings of paragraphs are rendered in extravagantly large (but not crazily fiddly) letters. It’s bound with a blue-gray ribbon. Best of all, the pages (probably vellum, per a co-worker who’s seen it in older incarnations) are velvety soft.

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