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Collection Level Description: Prize Essays and Poems

Reference: MSS. Don. d. 66-75
Title: Prize Essays and Poems
Dates of Creation: 1810-33
Extent: 10 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Lord Grenville

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville (1759-1834), statesman, was chancellor of Oxford University from 1810 to 1834. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Fair copies, mainly holograph, of Oxford University Chancellor's Prize essays and poems, with seventeen Newdigate Prize poems, collected by Lord Grenville as Chancellor.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was owned and arranged by George Matthew Fortescue and remained at Dropmore until 1939.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bought from Thomas Thorp and given to the Library by the Friends of the Bodleian in 1939.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 39032-41.

Publication Note

The English essays are printed in Oxford English prize essays (Oxford, 2nd ed., 1836).

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Grenville | William Wyndham | 1759-1834 | Baron Grenville | statesman

University of Oxford

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