Catalogue of the Travel Journals of John Parkinson, 1780-94

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

2003; revised 2009, 2011

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    'Swiss Tour', 1780
B    West of England, and the Netherlands
C    Northern Tour


Travel Journals of John Parkinson, 1780-94

Abstract:
Travel journals, 1780-94, of John Parkinson (1754-1840) in Switzerland, the West of England, the Netherlands, and on a 'Northern Tour', through Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Russia, Austria and Germany.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2255-62, d. 2296-7, e. 2422-4

Extent: 13 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Travel journals, 1780-94, of John Parkinson (1754-1840) in Switzerland, the West of England, the Netherlands, and on a 'Northern Tour', through Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Russia, Austria and Germany. Parts of the Russian journals (MSS. Eng. d. 2258-60, d. 2296-7) were printed in John Parkinson, A Tour of Russia, Siberia and the Crimea 1792-1794, ed. William Collier (London, 1971). There were in 1971 six volumes of the Northern Tour (Collier, p. xvi). The present location of vol. 1, and any after 7 (if such existed), is unknown; they were not included in the Sotheby sales in 1990 and 1991. The present location of two journals mentioned by Collier, p. 233, the Italian Tour, 1783-4, and 'the English Diary (1790 onwards with many gaps)' is also not known (though see 'related material' below). The journals are bound in half red calf, with marbled boards; loose papers are now MS. Eng. c. 2720, fols. 74-102.

Related Material

There are Parkinson family papers at Lincolnshire Archives, ref. 1 Dixon 16, including some diaries and correspondence of John Parkinson.

Acquisition

Owned by Mrs. Robinson, 1971 (Collier, p. ix); bought, Sotheby's, 19 July 1990, lot 304, and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, and vols. 3 and 4 of the Northern Tour (MSS. Eng. d. 2296-7) bought, Sotheby's, 12 1991, lot 304, and given by Canadian Friends of the Bodleian.

Personal Names (NCA Rules)

Parkinson | John | ?1754-1840 | Anglican clergyman

Place Names (NCA Rules)

Denmark
England | West Country
Finland
Germany
Netherlands
Norway
Russia
Sweden
Switzerland

Subjects (LCSH)

Diaries -- 18th century

Descriptive List

A   'Swiss Tour', 1780

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2255-6, e. 2422-3


Vol. 1, 29 June-7 Aug. 1780
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2422
Extent: 101 leaves

Vol. 2, 8 Aug. -1 Sept. 1780
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2423/1
Extent: 74 leaves

Itinerary, found loosely inserted in e. 2433/1
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2423/1
Extent: 12 leaves

Vol. 3, [2]-30 Sept. 1780
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2255
Extent: 114 leaves

Vol. 4, [1] Oct. -24 Nov. 1780
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2256
Extent: 106 leaves

B   West of England, and the Netherlands

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2257, e. 2424


Journal of travels in the West of England, 11 June-17 Aug. 1781
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2424
Extent: 132 leaves

'Dutch Tour', 11 June-16 July 1790
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2257
Extent: 131 leaves

C   Northern Tour

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2258-62, 2296-7


Scope and Content:

'Northern Tour' - Scandinavia, Russia, Austria and Germany, in the company of Edward Bootle-Wilbraham (1771-1853; MP 1795-1828, later 1st Baron Skelmersdale). Brief extracts from vol. 2, and extensive extracts from vols. 4, 5 and 6 are printed by Collier (see above). Loose items containing journal entries removed from these volumes are now MS. Eng. d. 2262, below. Vol. 1 - missing.


Vol. 2, [c.18] June-23 Aug. 1792
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2258
Extent: 143 leaves

Vol. 3, 24 Aug. -26 Oct. 1792
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2296
Extent: 165 leaves 31-46, 141-65 blank

Vol. 4, 4 Nov. 1792-16 Mar. 1793
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2297
Extent: 169 leaves

Vol. 5, [16] Mar. -25 Oct. 1793
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2259
Extent: 203 leaves

Vol. 6, [25, cont.] Oct. 1793-23 May 1794
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2260
Extent: 208 leaves

Vol. 7, 24 May-14 Oct. 1794
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2261
Extent: 176 leaves

'Northern Tour', loose sewn sections, on smaller paper, found inserted in the above volumes
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2262
Extent: 89 leaves

Scope and Content:

Contains supplementary or (fols. 57-88) the main entries for these dates

  • (fols. 1-16) [2]-8 July 1792
  • (fols. 17-32) 18-[26] July 1792
  • (fols. 33-48) 26 July-4 Aug. 1792
  • (fols. 49-56) [26] Oct. -3 Nov. 1792
  • (fols. 57-88) 23 Sept. -2 Oct., and undated entries, 1793

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