[John Donne] 'Meditation upon a Good Friday, ryding from London towards Exceter, westward' n.d. Manuscript copy of the poem in the hand of Nathaniel Rich, probably written c.1613-c.1617, with letter, draft letter, and antiquarian note in Rich's hand, all undated [c.1613-c.1625]

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Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 231
Title: [John Donne] 'Meditation upon a Good Friday, ryding from London towards Exceter, westward' n.d. Manuscript copy of the poem in the hand of Nathaniel Rich, probably written c.1613-c.1617, with letter, draft letter, and antiquarian note in Rich's hand, all undated [c.1613-c.1625]
Dates of Creation: c.1613-c.1625
Extent: 6 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English



Biographical/Historical

Sir Nathaniel Rich (c1585-1636) was a colonial investor and politician. John Donne (1573-1631) was Dean of St. Paul's and a poet. For details of both, see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Isabel Smythe was the wife of Sir John Smythe of Sutton-at-Hone, Kent. She was the daughter of Robert Rich, 1st Earl of Warwick, and was a cousin of Nathaniel Rich. Sir John Smythe (Smith) is mentioned in the will of Nathaniel Rich (National Archives, PROB 11/172/295). Further details about the political and business connections of the Rich and Smythe families can be found on the History of Parliament website - see the entries for RICH, Nathaniel (1585-1636), of Warwick House, Holborn, London and Stondon Massey, Essex; SMYTHE, Sir John III (c.1599-1640), of Sutton-at-Hone, Kent; SMYTHE, Sir Thomas (c.1558-1625), of Philpott Lane, London and Bounds Place, Bidborough, Kent.


Scope and Content

Papers in the hand of Sir Nathaniel Rich, comprising:


Custodial History

Probably came into the hands of Nathaniel Rich's executor, Edward Montagu, Viscount Mandeville and later 2nd Earl of Manchester (1602-1671), thence by descent within the Montagu family, Earls and later Dukes of Manchester. Purchased by Robert S. Pirie from Bernard Quaritch, 1985.


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the Sotheby's auction Property From The Collection of Robert S Pirie Volumes I & II: Books and Manuscripts 2-4 December 2015, Lot 311


Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. c. 231, fols. 1-2].


Bibliography

The poem at fols. 1-2 is listed as DnJ 1430 in Peter Beal, Index to English Literary Manuscripts (London, 1980), vol. 1, pt 1. The online version of the index, CELM ( Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450–1700) has incorrectly ascribed some of the features of this manscript to DnJ 1431 so that the Sotheby's catalogue, Property From The Collection of Robert S Pirie wrongly cites it as DnJ 1431.


Access Point(s)

Donne | John | 1573-1631 | Dean of St Paul's, poet

Rich | Nathaniel | Sir | c1585-1636 | Knight | Merchant Adventurer MP

Smythe | Isabel | nee Rich | fl 1599-1625 | wife of Sir John Smythe of Bidborough and Sutton-at-Hone

Poetry--17th century


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