'Duke Humfrey's Night' Guard-book of miscellaneous items, various dates

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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The acquisition of the papers in this volume was supported by the generosity of several individuals who sponsored the items on the occasion of the Duke Humfrey's Night events, 2 Oct. 2010 and 15 Oct. 2011


Guard-book of miscellaneous items, various dates

Extent: 25 leaves


Letter from William Congreve to John Paltock regarding a South Sea dividend
Date: 1723
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fol. 1
Extent: 1 leaf

Scope and Content:

There is a note on the verso on behalf of Mess. Snow and Paltock and signed by Nicholas Mottershead, 5 Mar 1722 [1723 N.S.]. The name Robt Cole is embossed on the upper right hand side of the page, apparently a collector's stamp.


Biographical History:

For further biographical details of William Congreve see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Acquisition:

Purchased from Christopher Edwards, Sept. 2007.

Sponsored by The Polonsky Foundation, David Booth and John Blackett-Ord, Duke Humfrey's Night, 2 Oct 2010.



Handwritten poem by T.W.H. Crosland entitled 'Real Hate'
Date: n.d [c. 1914-18]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fols. 2-3
Extent: 2 leaves

Scope and Content:

The poem begins: "Let us all sit together / And concentrate / In solemn troops / ['And sweet societies' crossed out] / And bulge out our eyes / And hate"; and ends: "Say after me / 'Oh how I hate the Kaiser / Oh how I hate the Kaiser!' ".

The subject matter probably dates the poem to the war years 1914-1918. It appears to be unpublished, and the creasing suggests that it was screwed up at some point. The authorship was identified from an accompanying envelope (fol. 3) bearing the initials T. W. H. C. The handwriting matches that in a letter by Crosland in the Asquith papers (MS. Asquith 26, fol. 125). The poem includes deletions and insertions in the same hand. The style of wrting is similar to some of Crosland's published poems, and his wartime poetry was published in War poems, by 'X' (London, 1916).


Biographical History:

For further information see W. Sorley Brown, The Life and Genius of T.W.H. Crosland (London, 1928).

Acquisition:

Purchased via Ebay, Jun 2010.

Sponsored by Mike Webb, Duke Humfrey's Night, 2 Oct 2010.



Letter from Edward Luttrell to his kinsman Narcissus Luttrell
Date: 7 Feb. 1681
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fol. 4
Extent: 1 leaf

Scope and Content:

Edward describes the difficulties of finding accommodation for Narcissus in Oxford a month before the elections to the third Exclusion Parliament held in the city.


Biographical History:

Edward Luttrell is possibly the crayon portrait painter and engraver (fl. 1680-1724) whose biographical details are in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, where his kinship with Narcissus Luttrell is noted.

Acquisition:

Purchased from Christopher Edwards, May 2009.

Sponsored by Lady Bullard, Susan Jennison and The Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd, Duke Humfrey's Night, 2 Oct 2010.



Letters from Samuel Palmer (1805-81), painter and etcher, and George Richmond (1809-1896), portrait painter
Date: 1870-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fols. 5-21
Extent: 17 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises the following letters:

  • (fols. 5-16) letters relating to the sale of William Blake's painting, 'The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth', by Palmer to the National Gallery, 1870, comprising:
    • (fols. 5-8, 11-14) four letters from George Richmond, friend of Palmer, to William Boxall (1800-1879), director of the National Gallery, negotiating on Palmer's behalf
    • (fols. 9-10) description of the painting by Palmer
    • (fols. 15-16) letter from Palmer to William Boxall, stating the lowest price he would accept for the painting, 7 Jul 1870
  • (fols. 17-18) letter from Palmer to Mrs. George, a friend, advising her not to endanger her health by going out in the cold weather, Mar 1872
  • (fols. 19-21) letter from Palmer to Thomas Oldham Barlow (1824-1889), engraver and etcher, asking for advice on procuring nitrous acid, and including personal information on friends and family, Sept. 1873, with its original envelope, addressed by Palmer's son, A.H. Palmer
Acquisition:

Purchased from Bonhams, 29 Mar. 2011, lots 308-310.

Sponsored in part by Christopher Heywood and Gillian Cockshut, Duke Humfrey's Night, 15 Oct 2011.




Art, British -- 19th century
Etching -- 19th century

Biographical notes by John Aubrey
Date: 1689
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fols. 22-3
Extent: 1 leaf on guard

Scope and Content:

Biographical notes by John Aubrey on several contemporaries, evidently prepared for Anthony Wood. It is possible that the remarks informed not only Wood's Athenae Oxoniensis, but also Aubrey's own Brief lives. The notes are written on part of a letter which bears John Aubrey's address in Wood's hand, and mention Fabian Philips, various members of the Wylde family, John Earle and others. On the verso is a note written by Thomas Napier about his father Sir Richard Napier.


Biographical History:

For further biographical information on John Aubrey and Anthony Wood see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Acquisition:

Purchased at Bonham's sale of Roy Davids' collection, Mar 2011.

Sponsored in part by Anne Abley, Duke Humfrey's Night, 15 Oct 2011.



Portrait drawing of Thomas Hayward by William Stukeley
Date: 1724
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fol. 24
Extent: 1 leaf

Scope and Content:

An ink-and-wash portrait by William Stukeley of the Reverend Thomas Hayward, owner of Stonehenge from 1678 until the Bruce family (Earls of Aylesbury) acquired it by marriage. The drawing includes two dates (4 July 1723 and 1724) and the Hayward family coat of arms. On the verso Stukeley notes the dimensions of stones at a prehistoric monument at Avebury.


Biographical History:

For further biographical details of William Stukeley see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Acquisition:

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch, May 2011. Originally bought by Nicholas Poole-Wilson from Paul Grinke and sold on to Bernard Quaritch.

Sponsored in memory of Professor John David North, Duke Humfrey’s Night, 15 Oct 2011.



William Gilpin letter to Mr Kirkby, written from Cheam
Date: 2 Jan. 1777
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fol. 25
Extent: 1 leaf

Scope and Content:

The letter mentions Lord Dartmouth, whose sons were at Gilpin’s school at Cheam, and who circulated the manuscript of Gilpin’s tour to Cumberland and Westmorland amongst prospective subscribers, bringing it to the notice of King George III. The ‘papers’ referred to in this letter may be the manuscript for Gilpin’s Scottish Tour, or they may be the alternatives that Gilpin offered to Dartmouth (Kent and Sussex or Norfolk). The antiquary Richard Gough mentioned here was also a member of the inner circle amongst whom Gilpin’s manuscripts circulated.


Biographical History:

For further biographical details of William Gilpin see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Acquisition:

Purchased from Ken Spelman, Jul 2010.

Sponsored by Marian and Michael Elliott, Duke Humfrey’s Night, 15 Oct 2011.



Six poverty letters
Date: [c.1809-1815], n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fols. 26-33
Extent: 8 leaves

Scope and Content:

Collection of six unrelated letters written by poor and semi-literate people. The letters either request emplyoment or help in financial difficulties.

  • (fols. 26-2) from E. Bowman? to Mrs Rools?, watermark 1809
  • (fols. 28-9) from Peter Biscoe to Mr Blackshaw, 1812
  • (fol. 30) from E. Tilsey to unidentified, 1813
  • (fol. 6) to ? Ellis, 1814
  • (fol. 32) from 'England' to unidentified, 1815
  • (fol. 33) from C.E. Wilson to unidentified, n.d.
Acquisition:

Purchased from Ken Spelman, 9 May 2012.

Sponsored by Peggy Heeks, Duke Humfrey’s Night, 15 Oct 2013.



Letter from Edward Wilbraham Bootle to John Blackburne
Date: 4 Feb 1793
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fols. 34-37
Extent: 4 leaves

Scope and Content:

The letter concerning Bootle's visit to St Petersburg during a two year tour of Russia, Siberia, and the Crimea with the Oxford don, John Parkinson . Bootle's letters includes a description of an audience held by Catherine the Great for Polish ambassadors following the Polish-Russian War of 1792; his assessment of the prospects of a scheme of the Duke of Richelieu to establish a colony in the Crimea for 6000 people fleeing the French Revolution; a discussion of the political situation in Sweden; and Russian opinions of Charles James Fox.

Related Material:

For other travel journals of John Parkinson in the Bodleian see MSS. Eng. d. 2255-62, d. 2296-7, e. 2422-4.


Acquisition:

Bought Samuel Gedge catalogue 14, 18 Oct 2012.

Sponsored by Claire Blackman, David Fielding, and in memory of Kyril Bonfiglioli, Duke Humfrey’s Night, 15 Oct 2013.



Six letters from Elizabeth Wagstaff of Warwickshire to her husband Timothy Wagstaff, lawyer of Middle Temple
Date: 1616-1622
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fols. 38-49
Extent: 12 leaves

Scope and Content:

The letters largely concern Elizabeth's running of the household and supervising building work during her husband's absences at the Inns of Court in London. Timothy Wagstaff was lord of the manor of Tachbrook near Warwick. Elizabeth was the daughter of the puritan lawyer and politician Nicholas Fuller, a critic of the government of James I. All of the letters are written from Warwick, with the exception of (fols. 1-2) which was written from the 'Chamberhowse' and mentions social events in the Newbury and Thatcham area in Berkshire, Nov 1616.

Acquisition:

Bought Samuel Gedge catalogue 11, 14 Nov 2011.

Sponsored by Mark Byford, Clive Hughes & Felicity Heal, Dorothy E. Woods, Mrs. E.R. Adams, Will Poole, Miss M.A. Abbley, Duke Humfrey's Night, 15 Oct 2013.



Price list for commodities 'Sold by Bartholomew Churchill at Clifton, Oxford Shire', c. 1780
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7903, fol. 63
Extent: 1 leaf

Scope and Content:

The list includes 126 products with prices per unit (also listed) for 122 of products. The items on the list include tea, coffee, spices, sugar, dried fruit, spirits, and tobacco, as well as household goods such as candles, soap, brooms, and hair powder.


Biographical History:

Bartholomew Churchill (d. 1780) was a hop dealer, tallow chandler, grocer and brandy merchant. He was married to Jane but had no children, and his business passed to his nephew, also Bartholomew. He died in 1780 leaving to various members of his family properties in Deddington (where he lived), Great Barford and Clifton as well as goods he acquired during his lifetime.

Acquisition:

Purchased from Sam Gedge, 14 Nov. 2011.

Sponsored by Raoul Cerratti for Romy Cerratti; Bridget Walter and J.P.D., Duke Humfrey’s Night, 15 Oct. 2013.



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