Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: correspondence

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Correspondence, 16th-20th cent.

Single volumes or files of correspondence acquired by the Bodleian Library by purchase, bequest or donation since 1975.

   Arranged chronologically by date of earliest document in each entry.

Subjects (LCSH)

Holograph letter from Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, to his sister Penelope, Lady Rich, c.1590
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 188
Extent: 1 leaf

See Bodleian Library Record 15, no. 4 (April 1996), pp. 308-14, and 16, no. 1 (April 1997), pp. 101-10

Bought from Roy Davids, 1995 catalogue, item 46, given by the Friends of the Bodleian
Alternative Form Available: A photograph of the letter is published with the article in Bodleian Library Record cited above.

Fourteen letters written from Cambridge by the poet Robert Herrick to his uncle, Sir William Herrick, 1613-17, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2278
Extent: 48 leaves

The text of each letter, together with the endorsements, is printed in The Poetical Works of Robert Herrick, ed. L.C. Martin (Oxford, 1956), pp. 445-53. Martin omits the wording of the receipts on fols. 3, 13, 17, 20, 24, 33 and 37, and also pencil notes throughout by John Gough Nichols. The wrappers in which the letters were formerly kept at Leicestershire County Record Office (see below) have been preserved.

Custodial History: The Bodleian letters, corresponding to Martin's nos. I-XIV but not including XIIa, were formerly in the muniment room at the Hall, Beaumanor, Leicestershire, among the papers of Sir William Herrick. John Nichols (1745-1826) drew extensively on the Herrick family papers for his History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire (1795-1811). In 1843, William Perry-Herrick asked John Gough Nichols (1806-73; grandson of John Nichols) to arrange and conserve the collection. By 1858, Nichols had rearranged and bound nineteen volumes of loose Exchequer papers and repaired the Jacobean bindings of eight Exchequer ledgers. Eleven volumes of family and business correspondence were completed by 1862, Robert Herrick's letters having been removed from his mother's papers and bound separately.The Exchequer papers and the Robert Herrick letters, together with a large collection of family muniments, were deposited by Lt. Col. A.P. Curzon-Howe-Herrick in Leicestershire County Record Office in 1947 when the Beaumanor estates were sold off. The eleven volumes of Sir William's family correspondence were not included in the deposit, having been separated from the other papers at some time during the period 1870-1947. These eleven volumes came onto the market in 1968 and were purchased by the Bodleian from the booksellers Hoffman and Freeman. In 1988, the Bodleian purchased the Exchequer papers formerly on deposit at Leicestershire Record Office (Sotheby's, 15 December 1988, lot 20). A note in MS. Eng. hist. c. 474, fol. 105, refers to the 'distinct binding' of the Robert Herrick letters. See 'Related Material' below.

The Robert Herrick letters, originally lot 14 in the Sotheby sale, were purchased from Mr. Montagu Curzon Herrick in 1990, with the help of the V & A Purchase Grant Fund, Mr. J.P. Getty, the Friends of the Bodleian, the Pilgrim Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Friends of the National Libraries.
Related Material: Other than these fourteen letters now in the Bodleian, two further Robert Herrick letters are known; a letter from the same series, c.1615-16, now in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York (Martin's letter XIIa), and an engraved facsimile reproduced by J.G. Nichols in his Autographs (1829), the original of which is now lost.Eleven volumes of Sir William Herrick's family correspondence were purchased by the Bodleian in 1968. They are now MSS. Eng. hist. b. 216, c. 474-84. Sir William's Exchequer papers were purchased in 1988, and are now MSS. Eng. hist. b. 244-8(R), b. 249, c. 1292-1318 (see 'Custodial History' above).

Twenty-seven letters of James, Duke of York (the future James II) relating mainly to political, military and naval affairs, 1651-83
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5237
Extent: 54 leaves


Note: See Bodleian Library Record, vol. 15, no. 3, Oct. 1995, pp. 212-14.

The papers were formerly in the Butler archive at Kilkenny in Ireland, and bear the Kilkenny Castle stamp; bought, Sotheby's, 13 Dec. 1994, lot 266
Related Material: See also the online catalogue of the correspondence and papers of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (MSS. Carte), derived from Falconer Madan, et al., A Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford (Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections, Munich, 1980), vol. III, nos. 10447-10724.

Microfilm of a letter-book of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, as Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Steward of the King's Household, 1675-84
Shelfmark: MS. Film 2063
Extent: 1 microfilm reel

Ormonde held the offices of Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Lord Steward simultaneously. The letters relating to the former office run chronologically from the beginning of the volume, those of the latter begin at the end of the volume, and are in reverse order.

Given by the Manuscripts Department, Trinity College Library, Dublin, March 1996.
Related Material: The original letter-book is in Trinity College, Dublin (TCD MS. 10721). See also the online catalogue of the correspondence and papers of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (MSS. Carte), derived from Falconer Madan, et al., A Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford (Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections, Munich, 1980), vol. III, nos. 10447-10724.

Letter book of Robert Cole at Algiers, 1694-6, 1700-1, 1706
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. b. 31
Extent: 138 leaves, 55-79, 81-98 blank
Binding: vellum


See J.S. Bromley, Corsairs and Navies 1660-1760 (Hambleton Press, 1987), chapter 3: 'A Letter Book of Robert Cole British Consul-General at Algiers, 1694-1712'.

Biographical History: Robert Cole was British Agent and Consul-General at Algiers, 1694-1712.

Related Material: For further papers relating to Algiers in the late 17th cent., including correspondence of Robert Cole, see the indexes to the Rawlinson manuscripts in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ partis quintæ fasciculus secundus...Ricardi Rawlinson... (Oxford, 1878), and William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ partis quintæ fasciculus quintus... (Oxford, 1900).

Custodial History: Formerly owned by Sir Bruce Ingram, and later by Professor J. S. Bromley, 1966.

Bought, 1976.

Letters from Sir Edward Villiers 1st Earl of Jersey to Richard Hill, 2 Aug. 1696-18 Aug. 1704
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 4003
Extent: 193 leaves

Letters from Sir Edward Villiers, envoy to the states general of the United Provinces, and from 26 Feb. 1697 envoy-extraordinary and -plenipotentiary to the peace conference at Ryswick, to Richard Hill, envoy to Brussels. The letters cover diplomatic, political and personal matters in particular the events surrounding negotiations leading to the Peace of Ryswick, 20 Sept 1697.

Related Material: For letters from Richard Hill to William Blathwayt, Sectretary at War, 1692-5, see MS. Eng. hist. d. 146; further letters are in MS. Eng. hist. d. 150, fols. 30-3, 36-9, 42-3. Letters to Richard Hill as envoy to the Duke of Savoy, 1704-6 are MS. Eng. hist. d.164; and as envoy to the Elector of Bavaria, 1696-8, MS. Eng. lett. d. 3. See Mary Clapinson and T. D. Rogers, Summary catalogue of post-medieval western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, acquisitions 1916-1975, vol. I, SC nos. 40103, 40107, 40121, 41596.

Note: These papers were previously deposited at Greater London Record Office (now London Metropolitan Archives) under the reference Acc. 510/1-96

Biographical History: For further biographical details of Edward Villiers and Richard Hill see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Bought from Bernard Quaritch booksellers.

Collection of miscellaneous letters mainly from antiquaries and authors, with some from publishers, 1719-1943
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. b. 32
Extent: 369 leaves
Bought, Sotheby's, 4 Oct. 1977, lot 253.

Letters from Erasmus Head of the Queen's College, Oxford, to his parents John and Barbara Head of Foxley Henning, Cumberland, 1728-36
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 152
Extent: 100 leaves

With one (fol. 78) to his sister Dinah, 1734.

Bought from Robin Waterfield Ltd., 1979; given by the Friends of the Bodleian.

Family names (NCA Rules)
   Head | family | of Foxley Henning, Cumberland

Letter-book of George Scott of Woolston Hall, volume 35, 24 Aug. 1757 - 18 Mar. 1758
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3655
Extent: 282 pages
Binding: Bound in vellum with original brass fastenings.

Collection of letters written to various people including (p. 151) Thomas Fry and (p. 142) Dr William Oliver. Some letters (pp. 19-30) concern Scott's inheritance of the papers of his uncle, the natural philosopher William Derham. At the back of the volume there is an index of the recipients of his letters.

Biographical History: George Scott (1720-80) was an antiquary and honourary doctor of law. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1748. After his wife's death he retired to Woolston Hall where he died in 1780.

Purchased from Samuel Gedge in June 2010.
Related Material: The library also holds volumes 18 and 64 of Scott's letter-books (MSS. Eng. lett. f. 1-2).

Sixteen letters to Laurence Sulivan, 1763-82, mainly concerning negotiations in the British East India Company, 1769
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. b. 237
Extent: iii + 61 leaves

With (fols.43-61) official Company papers, 1762-5, miscellaneous undated printed material, and a list of contents compiled by Dr. R.W. Chapman [1943].

Bought from Mrs. A. Morrison, 1978.
Related Material: For related material see also MSS. Eng. hist. b. 190-1; c.269-71 and c.471-2

Letters to Edmund Malone from various correspondents, 1773-1812, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2360
Extent: 84 leaves

With some papers, including (fols. 80-2) accounts of the lives of Elizabeth (d. 1728) and John Creed (d. 1701), by their daughter Mrs. E. S., partly autograph, early 18th cent.

Arrangement: The letters and papers, formerly part of a bound volume, were received disbound, some leaves still in sewn sections (now dismantled), and have been kept in the same disorder in which they were bound. The rest of the bound volume may have contained Malone family papers, no longer present.

Bought from Figgis Rare Books, 1990.

Letters from Percival Stockdale, 1783-1809, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6795
Extent: 75 leaves
Binding: Buff Middle Hill boards, remains of Phillipps number label on spine

Letters mainly to his attorney Thomas Loggen, with some to Joseph Hill. Two of the letters (fols. 5,8) are written on advertisements for his memoirs - Memoirs of his Life and Writings (London, 1809)

Biographical History: Percival Stockdale (1736-1811), writer and poet - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History: Owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Phillipps MS. 21464; Sotheby's, 10 June 1896, lot 1179, and Sotheby's, 27 Apr. 1903, lot 855.

Bought from Abigail Wilson, 1994.

Collection of letters, mainly 19th cent., some to John Henry Parker, but mainly to his son James, and to John Hinde Palmer, MP
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. b. 26
Extent: 129 leaves

Includes (fols. 74-83) three letters from E.B. Pusey, 1879.

Bought, Sotheby's, 14 Dec. 1976, lot 119.

Letters from Captain John Betton of the 3rd Regiment, Dragoon Guards, to his mother, 1801-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6857
Extent: i + 280 leaves
Binding: Quarter calf, marbled boards, by Period Binders, Bath, late 20th cent.

The letters are mainly about army matters and family, and include

Bequeathed by Professor Sir WilliamPaton, 1994

Subjects (LCSH)
   Great Britain -- Army
   Peninsular War, 1807-1814 -- Campaigns

Correspondence and papers of William Buckland, 1818-49
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. b. 35
Extent: 84 leaves


Bought, 1979, 1982.

Letters to Manuel Johnson, Keeper of the Radcliffe Observatory, from fellow astronomers, 1827-59
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5720
144 leaves

With (fols. 141-4) two letters to Mrs. Johnson from Sir George Bidell Airy, 1859.

Bought from John Wilson, 1995.

Correspondence and papers of R.W. Church, and other members of the Church family, 1828-1912, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6785
Extent: ii + 323 leaves

Includes correspondence of


Biographical History: Richard William Church (1815-1890) Dean of St. Pauls - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Restrictions on Access: Open. Formerly restricted (MS. Res. d. 238) 1975-2000.

Given by Colonel Humphrey Paget, grandson of R.W. Church, 1968.
Related Material: For notebooks and diaries of R.W. Church, see MSS. Eng. misc. e. 1209-16

Letters from J.W. Joyce to his parents, 1829-37
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2382
Extent: 105 leaves


Bought from Mrs. Elizabeth Joyce, 1991.

Correspondence and papers of Sir George Elvey (1816-93), mainly relating to his duties as organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, 1837-93
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5370
174 leaves


Bought from John Wilson, 1995

Photocopies of the letters of Emma Bergeronnée Haden, 1842-58
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3608*
Extent: 142 leaves [167 photocopied leaves]


Related Material: See catalogue of the papers of the Horsley family, 18th-20th cent., for letters of Emma Bergeron, 1837-58; diaries, correspondence, papers and photographs of Emma Haden, 1794-1881, and diaries, correspondence, papers and photographs of Rose Haden, 1836-1917.

Restrictions on Access: Originals are conservation restricted.

Given by Rosamund Strode, 1999.

Letters to George Richmond from members of the Acland family, 1843-90, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3376
Extent: 209 leaves


Biographical History: George Richmond (1809-1896) portrait painter, and Sir Henry Acland (1815-1900), physician - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Bought, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 23 Nov. 2000, lot 65.

Letters from Charles Jolliffe, Lieutenant in the Royal Marine Artillery, to members of his family, 1853-5, 1860, n.d., mainly from or relating to the Crimea
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5371
Extent: 184 leaves
Bought, Henry Bristow, cat. 311 (1993), item 25

Letters, mainly concerning political matters, written by Richard Cobden to Edward Alexander, 1853-64
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 123
Extent: 60 leaves
Bought, John Drury, Cat. XXIX (1977), item 172; Given by F. O. B.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901

Letters of Samuel Palmer to the Redgrave family, 1857-80
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7385
Extent: 280 leaves

In these letters to various members of the Redgrave family, Palmer writes both about personal matters and about his art. Among other art-related topics, Palmer writes about the trials he encounters in having prints made of his etchings and his experimenting with different varieties of paper. Palmer also writes frequently about his youngest son, Alfred Herbert (1853-1931). Comprises

Biographical History: Samuel Palmer (1805-81), painter and etcher. Although he started his career as a painter, in his later life Palmer focused on etching, much of it in connection with the Etching Club established by Richard and Samuel Redgrave. He was married in 1837 to Hannah Linnell (1818-93), the daughter of John Linnell (1792-1882), a friend and mentor. The death of the couple's eldest son, Thomas More (1842-61) in 1861 greatly affected Palmer, and precipitated a move from Kensington to near Redstone Wood, first to a cottage in Park Lane, Reigate and then to Furze Hill House, Mead Vale, where he stayed until his death. Although it is not mentioned in his biography, the letters imply that in the late 1870s Samuel Palmer looked after Annie May Redgrave (b. 1876), granddaughter of Richard Redgrave. For more information see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Bought, Nicholas Lott of Larkhill Fine Art Ltd, Apr. 2007, with the help of the Friends of the Bodleian, Friends of the National Libraries, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Art, British -- 19th century
   Etching -- 19th century

Twenty-six signed autograph letters, 1860-75, from Benjamin Disraeli, later 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-81), to Conservative MP Sir Henry Stracey (1802-85)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3950
Extent: 87 leaves

Includes letters concerning

Purchased in Bonham’s sale, 23 Nov 2010 (lot 135) with the aid of the Friends of the Bodleian and Friends of the National Libraries.

Letters to Henry Baker Tristram, 1863-1905, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6819
Extent: 84 leaves

Letters to Tristram, with (fols. 1-2) one letter from him. The collection includes many letters commenting on his book The Fauna and Flora of Palestine (1884). Correspondents include

With some printed material, including two advertisements for works published by the Palestine Exploration Fund, 1885-1905, n.d. Two photographs were found with the letters, see MS. Photogr. c. 128, fols. 58-9.

Biographical History: Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906) divine and naturalist - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Given by The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 1994.

Letters mainly to Edith Bright, on women's suffrage, 1887-1923, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 178
Extent: 71 leaves

Including letters from

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Bought from John Wilson, catalogue 66 (1989), no. 1242, and given by Bodley's Canadian Friends, 1989.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Women -- Suffrage

Letters from F. Ashton Jonson describing his travels abroad, 1892-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2046
Extent: ii + 496 leaves
Binding: Brown cloth covers, title on spine 'Letters from Abroad 1892-3'

The letters are written to family members and friends and include descriptions of

Bought from D.P. White, cat. 27 (1990), item 53

Subjects (LCSH)
   Travel -- 19th century

Letters from John Buchan to Benjamin Consitt Boulter ('Taff' or 'Taffy') , 1895-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8330
Extent: 45 leaves

The letters are autograph unless stated otherwise. Comprises:

Purchased from Blackwell's Rare Books, 2014.

Correspondence and papers, 1906-71, concerning Mary Morwood, née Bell (1883-1939)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5235
130 leavesAcquisition:
Given by Mary Rogers, 1994

The collection includes:

Biographical History: Mary Morwood established the Purdah Club in Shajahanpur (India) for women. After settling in Northern Ireland, a discussion group, the Drawing Room Circle.

Typed transcript of correspondence between Robert Hugh Benson and Elizabeth Anstice Baker, n.d., [1906-14]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3215
Extent: i + 67 leaves
Given by Simon Tugwell, 1992.

Edited by Simon Tugwell. The originals are held in the Dominican Historical Centre, Blackfriars, Oxford.

Letters and cards to Ava Anderson, wife of Viscount Waverley, and to John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley c.1913-1937, 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7342
Extent: 80 leaves

Letters to Ava Bodley Anderson and one to John Anderson, mostly written between 1913 and 1937, with one postcard written in 1967. Includes

Related Material: For papers of Ava Anderson, Viscountess Waverley, see MSS. Eng. c. 6661-4.

Purchased from Louis Probert, 14 April 2007.

Letters from Arthur Grotjan Marshall, later Calder-Marshall, to his wife, Alice, née Poole, 1914-18, relating mainly to the war, and to the Russian Revolution
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2722
Extent: 234 leaves
Given by Arthur Calder-Marshall, 1986.
Restrictions on Access: Formerly closed. Opened 1991.

Subjects (LCSH)
   World War, 1914-1918
   Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921

Letters mainly from Edward Louis Gresley-Cox, sergeant in the 1/1 Cheshire Yeomanry, later lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps (d.1918), 1914-19, with 3 photographs
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 4006

The papers comprise originals and (fols. 2-5, 30-9, 43-4) photocopies of letters formerly with the papers but sold separately. The letters are written to family members, many addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Luckarift at 1 Vere St., Weaste, Manchester.

Biographical History: Edward Louis Gresley-Cox was the son of Ernest Frank and Amelie Elise de Lecq Gresley-Cox, of I, Vere St., Weaste, Manchester. He served in the 1/1 Cheshire Yeomanry from 1914 to 1917 as sergeant. The Cheshire Yeomanry were sent to Egypt in March 1916 and formed 4th Dismounted Brigade with the South Wales Mounted Brigade. He joined the Royal Flying Corps 17th Squadron, 16th Wing as 2nd lieutenant in 1917. He was killed in a flying accident, aged 26 on 22 Feb. 1918. He was buried in Struma military cemetery. Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (

Purchased via Ebay 18 Jan. 2011

Sponsored by David and Rosemary Wharton, Duke Humfrey's Night, 12 Oct. 2013.

Subjects (LCSH)
   World War, 1914-1918

Letters and papers of Geoffrey Dearmer, 1915-89
Shelfmark: MS Eng. c. 7557
Extent: 143 leaves

Includes letters to Geoffrey Dearmer from

Also includes

Also includes photographs of

Also includes papers relating to Mabel Constanduros including

Biographical History: Geoffrey Dearmer (1893-1996), writer and radio broadcaster - see Dictionary of National Biography

Given to the Bodleian Library in 2009 by Reverend Juliet Woollcombe.

Letters from Arnold Whittaker, district magistrate in India, to Eric Southall, with (fols. 137-70) a word-processed transcript, 1916, 1924-34
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7064
Extent: 170 leaves
Given by M.A. Southall, 1998.

Subjects (LCSH)
   India--Politics and government--20th century

Letters to Arthur Mann, with copies of some replies, 1920-46
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5236
iv + 145 leaves

Includes letters relating to

and (fols. 103-45) correspondence with Anthony Eden, 1938-9.

Arrangement: The papers were arranged by Mann's son Peter Wright, and include (fols. i-iv) his description of them.

Given by Peter Wright, 1994.
Related Material: Papers acquired earlier are MSS. Eng. c. 3274-9.

Letters from Robert Graves to Alexander Pugh, n. d. [1920s], concerning T.E. Lawrence
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. b. 39
Extent: 16 leaves
Given by Eileen Pugh, 1987.

Letters to Helen, Lady Morant on the death of her husband Sir Robert, 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4824
120 leaves


Many of the correspondents were colleagues of Sir Robert in the Board of Education, the National Health Insurance Commission or the Ministry of Health.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Given by Mrs. H.M. Bailey (née Morant), 1989.

Letters from T.E. Lawrence to A.E. ('Jock') Chambers, [1923]-1935
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2014
Extent: 46 leaves


Purchased, 1976-7 (formerly Dep. c. 282).

Letters to Howard Ferguson from Gerald Finzi, 1927-47, 1955, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6827
Extent: 279 leaves

Ferguson has arranged the letters chronologically and numbered them in red ink. Several have pencil annotations providing additional information such as a comment on the date or content of letter.

Given by Howard Ferguson, 1996.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Music -- 20th century

Letters to Sir Charles and Lady Price, 1928-72
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. d. 414
Extent: 112 leaves

Letters mainly to Sir Charles, with (fols. 10-56) notes of congratulation on the award of his KCMG in 1950, and (fols. 84-103) letters on his departure from post of High Commissioner, New Zealand, 1953, including letters from

Biographical History: Sir Charles Roy Price (1893-1976), High Commissioner - see Dictionary of National Biography .

Given by Lady Price, 1976.

Letters from John Masefield to Leslie Davey, with a few theatre programmes and cuttings, c.1929-32
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6765
Extent: 29 leaves

The correspondence relates to Davey's participation in rehearsals and performances at Masefield's home in Oxford.

Given by the Estate of Mrs. B.Z.M. Pether, 2000.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Theater -- England

Letters to Patrick and Joyce Knowles, 1931-80, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6769
Extent: i + 304 leaves

Letters mainly to Patrick Knowles with some to his wife Joyce, and some to them jointly, with (fols. 30-2) two letters from T.E. Lawrence, to Henrietta Knowles (Patrick's mother), 1931 and to Patrick Knowles, 1934, including letters from:

Biographical History: Patrick Thomas Knowles (1906-81) known as 'Pat', and his wife Joyce (b 1909) were friends and neighbours of T.E. Lawrence at Clouds Hill. The Knowles family had been aquainted with T.E. Lawrence since 1923, when he had first leased the cottage on Clouds Hill; they lived in a bungalow on the other side of the road. Pat and Joyce were particularly close to Lawrence in the last few years of his life as he prepared for retirement, and met many of his friends who came to stay at Clouds Hill. After T.E. Lawrence's death in May 1935, Pat and Joyce corresponded regularly with members of Lawrence's family and with many of his friends. When Clouds Hill passed into the ownership of the National Trust in 1938, Pat and Joyce became its official caretakers.

Note: Several letters from this collection have been printed in two publications by Bob Hunt, T.E. Lawrence. A Final and Important Eye-Witness Account by Patrick Knowles (Weymouth, 1992) and The Life and Times of Joyce E. Knowles (Weymouth, 1994).

Acquisition: Bought from John Wilson, 1998, and given by Bodley's American and Canadian Friends.

Letters from Hugh Last, Camden Professor of Ancient History, Oxford, to Professor Plinio Fraccaro, Rector of Pavia University, 1933, 1946-54
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 200
Extent: 104 leaves


Given by Professor Marco Fraccaro, 2002.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Rome -- History

Letters from Edna Brown, née Young, to P.A. Spalding (whom she married in 1938)1935-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5378
117 leavesAcquisition:
Given by Mrs. Joyce Limon, 1992

Correspondence and papers of Ian Murray Dalrymple (1903-89), film producer, 1938-85
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2046
Extent: 180 leaves


Given, with some photographs (now Ms. Photogr. c. 11, fols. 129-148) by Ian Murray Dalrymple, 1986

Correspondence and papers, 1938-89, of David Ansell (b. 1911) relating to his involvement in the Peace Movement
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2021
Extent: 384 leaves


Given by David Ansell, 1989.

Letters from Edmund Blunden to John and Marjorie Buxton, 1939-67
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2048
Extent: 39 leaves

With (fol. i) notes by John Buxton, n.d.

Given by John Buxton, 1983, 1985

Letters, 1940-71, to Sir Roger Mynors (1903-89) mainly relating to the translation and interpretation of classical works, particularly Vergil and Bede
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5571
130 leaves.Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Given with MSS. Lat. class. d. 40-1, e. 54-9, by Professor Michael Winterbottom, 1992.

Correspondence of Boris Elkin, 1943-70
Shelfmark: MS. Russian d. 13
Extent: 132 leaves

Correspondence between Elkin, based in London, and prominent Russian emigrés discussing recent and contemporary politics and history, with particular emphasis on Russia since 1894. Very often, key publications on the subject are discussed, notably the P.N. Miliukov's Vospominania (memoirs). A friend and admirer of this statesman and liberal historian, Elkin in his editorial role offers constructive criticism. He also mentions, although without any detail, the role of Russian freemasonry in the October Revolution and beyond. The letters briefly touch Jewish issues. The last group of letters represent Elkin’s quest to recover records of interviews with Aleksander Ivanovich Guchkov (1862-1936).

In Russian Cyrillic, except 3 letters in the last group, which are in English. The groups follow the order of the earliest dates, in chronological order within each group. Apart from a handful of manuscript letters, these are predominantly typescript copies. At least three letters (from B. Elkin to M. Aldanov dated 24 May 1945, from B. Elkin to V. Maklakov dated 17 July 1948 and From V. Maklakov to B. Elkin dated 30 Mar. 1956) are incomplete. Comprises

Biographical History: Boris Isaakovich Elkin, Russian Jewish lawyer, editor and writer; born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1887 and died in London in 1972. He studied law at the University of St. Petersburg. He emigrated to Germany in 1919, and subsequently to France and Great Britain. Whilst practising law, he developed his interests in history and politics. He was one of the founders of Russian publication in Berlin Slovo. Together with M.M. Karpovich, he edited P.N. Miliukov’s Vospominania (New York, 1955). With N.E. Andreevich, he prepared for publication 2nd part of the 1st vol. of Ocherki po istorii russkoi kultury by P.N. Miliukov and G.V. Adamovich’s book Vasilii Alekseevich Maklakov: politik, iurist, chelovek (Paris, 1959). Towards the end of his life, he wrote many articles on Russian social life, modern law and Russian freemasonry. A believer in social evolution rather than revolution, he often criticised Russian national and international policies.

Given by Aleksander Elkin (1909-2001), son of Boris and Anna Elkin, 1994.
Related Material: Further Elkin papers are MSS Russian d. 3-12, described in Mary Clapinson and T. D. Rogers, Summary catalogue of post-medieval western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: acquisitions 1916-1975 (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, p.1118, and in more detail by A.B. Rogachevskii ('Boris El'kin i ego oksfordskii arkhiv', in Evrei v kul'ture Russkogo Zarubezh'ia , ed. by M.A. Parkhomovskii, vol.5 (Jerusalem, 1996), pp. 222-243) and by A.P. Stephanski (Otechestvennye archivy, no. 6, 1994).

Subjects (LCSH)
   Russians--Foreign countries
   Russia--Politics and government--1894-1917
   Soviet Union--Politics and government

Letters to Philip Larkin from Bruce and Ann Montgomery, 1943-80, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2762
Extent: 108 leaves


Several letters are illustrated with cartoons drawn by Montgomery.

Given by the literary executors of the Estate of Philip Larkin, 1991.

Correspondence file of J. S. Watson including letters to and from Charles Elton and other staff of the Bureau of Animal Population, 1945-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7833
Extent: 91 leaves

Collection of letters written and received by J.S. 'Sharon' Watson while carrying out fieldwork in Jerusalem, Cyprus and Sudan as part of research on rat problems funded by the Colonial Office. In his research in Jerusalem he was joined by J.S. Perry.

Biographical History: James Sharon Watson was a researcher from the Bureau of Animal Population, the University of Oxford. He was heavily involved in research undertaken by the Bureau on rats during and after the Second World War. He is the author of The Rat Problem in Cyprus; a report of investigations made in carob growing areas, by J. S. Watson. Col. Research Publication No. 9, 1951. J.S. Perry was also a researcher at the Bureau of Animal Population.

Given to the Bodleian Library in 2002 by Dr John E.C. Flux.

Letters to Valerie Pitt, mainly from Austin Farrer and his wife, Katharine Farrer, relating to her academic work and her personal life, 1945-69
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3532
Extent: 240 leaves


Given by Valerie Pitt through her sister, Mrs. Kirkwood, 1999.

Letters of Sir John Betjeman to Edmund William Gilbert, 1946-71 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 149
Extent: 99 leaves

With two letters to Barbara Gilbert, 1972, 1974, and a number of Christmas cards sent by Betjeman to the Gilberts.

Given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1977.

Letters, 1952-3, 1964-75, to Sir Philip Rogers (1914-90)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2194
Extent: 136 leaves

With (fols. 1-3) memorandum relating to the Imperial Conference, 1934.

Given by Lady Rogers, 1990.

Letters and cards from Iris Murdoch to Stella Aldwinckle, 1954, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2820
Extent: 36 leaves
Bought from James Fergusson, catalogue 'Heytesbury' (1992), item 426.

Letters from Gerald Wellesley, 7th Duke of Wellington and Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington to T.H. Lucas concerning Lucas' collection of memorabilia of 1st Duke of Wellington, 1959-66, 1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3457
Extent: 23 leaves


Given by T. Benton, 2001

Letter from C.S. Lewis to Father George G. Restrepo, 1 Dec. 1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7190
Extent: 3 items
Mount: Mounted on a single sheet and laminated

Single sheet autograph letter, signed by Lewis, together with envelope, and a typed transcript made by the recipient(?). The items were formerly framed for wall-hanging and there is some ink fading due to exposure to light.

Given by Father Restrepo, via Walter Hooper, 2004

Correspondence of Professor Frederick Lawson, 1963-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 375
Extent: iii + 300 leaves

Correspondence of Professor Lawson mainly relating to research for his book, The Oxford Law School, 1850-1965 (Oxford, 1968). Includes correspondence with

Biographical History: Frederick Henry Lawson (1897-1983), academic lawyer - see Dictionary of National Biography

Given, 1975.
Restrictions on Access: Open. Restricted from 1975 to 2000 (MS. Res. c. 283).

Corporate names (NCA Rules)
   University of Oxford | Law School

Correspondence and papers of Joseph S. Honan, 1966-81
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5572
82 leaves


Given by J.S. Honan, 1995

Correspondence of John Buxton and Leslie A. Marchand, concerning Marchand's edition of Byron's letters, 1968-81
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2049
Extent: 58 leaves

At fols. 6-8, 21-2, 26 and 41 are transcripts of Byron letters made by John Buxton.

Given by John Buxton, 1983.

Correspondence of Dr. Sigrid Krämer, 1972-82
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6826
Extent: 301 leaves
Given by Dr. Sigrid Krämer, 2001.

Correspondence of Roger B. Mallion, 1974, 1977-92
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3217
Extent: 48 leaves

Mainly letters to and from Professor G.S. Rushbrooke, concerning the Coulson-Rushbrooke Pairing theorem of 1940. Includes (fols. 1-6) photocopy of article 'Note on the method of molecular orbitals by C.A. Coulson and G.S. Rushbrooke' (reprinted from the Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, Vol. XXXVI, Part II, Apr. 1940)

Given by Roger B. Mallion, 1992.

Subjects (LCSH)

Letters from Rupert Hart-Davis to Martyn Skinner, 1976-93
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4818
226 leavesAcquisition:
Given by Sir Rupert Hart-Davis, 1994

Letters concerning C.S. Lewis written by American schoolchildren to Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1994-Mar. 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5369
110 leavesArrangement: Arranged alphabetically by name of sender, Adams - Yaeger

Given by Walter Hooper, 1995

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