The Howard Gray Swann Collection of Warton Family Papers, 1688-1864

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The Howard Gray Swann collection of Warton Family Papers, 1688-1864

1688-1864

Abstract:
Papers of the Warton family, 1688-1864, including Thomas Warton (1688-1745), Joseph Warton (1722-1800), Thomas Warton (1728-1790).

Extent: 1.43 Linear metres, 13 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks

Dep. b. 220-1, c. 547-50, d. 483-7, e. 245, f. 43

Biographical history

The members of the Warton family represented in this collection are Thomas Warton (1688-1745), professor of poetry at Oxford, 1718-28; and his two sons Joseph Warton (1722-1800), critic, and Thomas Warton (1728-1790), poet, antiquary and literary scholar. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Mrs Howard Gray Swann, who deposited the collection, is the ancestor of Joseph Warton's daughter Catherine Swann.

Scope and Content

The papers include notebooks of Thomas Warton (1688-1745); correspondence and papers of Thomas Warton (1728-1790); correspondence and papers of Joseph Warton; family correspondence of the wife and daughter of Joseph Warton; and 18th- and 19th-century papers of other members of the Warton family.

Acquisition

Trinity College deposited the papers in the Bodleian in 1973.

Custodial History

The papers were given to Trinity College, Oxford, by Mrs Howard Gray Swann.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark, e.g. Dep. d. 483, fols. 1-2].

Family name(s) (NCA Rules)

Swan | Family
Warton | Family

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Morgan | Mary | nee Warton | 1758-1847 | Daughter of Joseph Warton
Swann | John | fl 1848 | Poet
Warton | Joseph | 1722-1800 | Critic
Warton | Mary | nee Daman | d 1772 | Wife of Joseph Warton
Warton | Thomas | 1688-1745 | Professor of Poetry
Warton | Thomas | 1728-1790 | Poet Antiquary Literary Scholar

Subject(s)

17th century
18th century
19th century
Literature
Poetry

Descriptive List

Volume containing an unpublished poem `Charissa, or an Essay on Charity' by Thomas Warton the elder
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 483
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 38 leaves

Scope and Content

Dedicated to Thomas, Viscount Weymouth, and annotated (fol. 37v) by Joseph Warton, that it was written by his father `when he was very young', n.d.

Notebook of Thomas Warton the elder containing verses mainly by him
Date: 1703-1705
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 245
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 40 leaves

Scope and Content

Includes:

Notebook, probably of Joseph Richardson, containing two sermons
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: Dep. f. 43
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 20 leaves

Scope and Content

Father-in-law of Thomas Warton the elder, with notes of their being preached at Dunsfold at various dates, 1688-1736.

Correspondence and papers of Thomas Warton the younger
Date: 1738-1788
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 547
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 47 leaves

Scope and Content

Includes:

Disbound copy of Thomas Warton, Poems (London)
Date: 1789
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 484
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Correspondence and papers of Joseph Warton
Date: 1735-1800
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 220
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 153 leaves

Scope and Content

Includes:

Letters from Mary, wife of Joseph Warton, to her sister-in-law Jane
Date: 1749-1772, n.d.
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 548
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 129 leaves

Scope and Content

With (fol. 105) part of a letter from Joseph to Jane, n.d.

Letters from Mary Morgan, daughter of Joseph Warton, in India, to her sister Charlotte and aunt Jane, 1776-1785, n.d.
Date: 1776-1785
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 485
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 149 leaves

Letters from Mary Morgan, daughter of Joseph Warton, in India, to her sister Charlotte and aunt Jane, 1776-1785, n.d., with (fols. 165-6) one to her brother John, 1781-1785, n.d.
Date: 1776-1785
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 549
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 169 leaves

Papers of other members of the Warton family
Date: 1762-1852, n.d.
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 550
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 176 leaves

Scope and Content

Includes:

Documents, mainly concerning members of the Warton family
Date: 1715-1864
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 221
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 5 items

Scope and Content

Includes:

Notebook containing two poems by John Swann
Date: 1848, n.d.
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 486
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 13 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 8-13) are blank.

Covers removed from Dep. d. 483, e. 245 and c. 550, fols. 111-23.
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 487
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 items


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