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Collection Level Description: Papers of Roger Whitley

Reference: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 710-12, e. 308-14, g. 22-3
Title: Papers of Roger Whitley
Dates of Creation: 1655-97
Extent: 13 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and French

Administrative/Biographical History

Roger Whitley (? 1618-97) of Peel Hall, Cheshire, was a Royalist, Deputy Postmaster General, and an MP.

Scope and Content

Papers of Roger Whitley, mainly in his hand, including notebooks containing information about foreign affairs and a royalist rising; copies of proceedings in Parliament, 1667-77; a diary, 1684-97; and commonplace books, in which Whitley collected material under general headings.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The papers came into the possession of the Mainwaring family of Over Peover, Cheshire, presumably through Whitley's eldest daughter Elizabeth, who married Sir John Mainwaring (1656-1702). They were among the papers deposited by Sir Harry Mainwaring in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, and listed by R. Fawtier, Handlist of the Mainwaring and Jodrell manuscripts at present in the custody of the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1923, reprinted, with additions, from The Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 7 [1922-3]).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought by the Bodleian Library at Sotheby's in 1973.

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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. 40046-57.

Access Points

Royalists | England | 17th century

Diaries | 17th century

Whitley | Roger | c. 1617-1697 | Royalist, Deputy Postmaster General, and MP

Great Britain | Politics and government | 17th century

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