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July 06, 2007

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 Pete

On the part of the Astromer making only 100 pounds per year. I read a book fairly recently
about Alexander Selkrik; The sailor who was the model for Robinson Cruso. Which was about the same time period.
When he finally made it back to England he had over 1,000 pounds from his share of a Spanish Galleon capture.The author of the book was not sure of what that meant today.She had some Economist at Oxford help her out. It was an interesting chapter. They found that Daniel
Defoe did not make over 55 pounds per year at his peak in London. This was very much of a upper middle-class revenue. It would mean two or three full time servants, huge dinners, plays and etc.
In the Country the Selkrik estate never made over 35 pounds per year. They were kind of Country Squires at that level
Based on that 100 pounds per year seems like a pretty good wage. Maybe his wife went nuts and sold everything off similar to Mrs. Lincoln

Geoff

The way the exchange rate is going, 100 pounds could end up being a good living again soon.

Hi Pete!

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