Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: historical papers

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Historical papers, 16th-20th cent.

Miscellaneous single volumes or files of papers relating to British and Irish history, acquired by the Bodleian Library by purchase, bequest or donation since 1916.

   Arranged chronologically by earliest date in each item.

Papers of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, First Lord of the Treasury 1514-1836
Shelfmark: MS. North adds. b. 10
Extent: 147 leaves


Bought from Sotheby's, London, 6 June 1978, lots 143 & 278

Related Material: See also the North and Bute papers described in M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 49362-710.

Corporate Names (NCA Rules)
    Great Britain and Ireland | Treasury

Order to collect cart horses to draw the king's ordnance for the war with the Scots, issued by Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk to Sir Michael Stanhope, lieutenant of Kingston-upon-Hull, 17 Feb. 1543
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6042
Extent: v + 11 leaves, i-iv and 4-11 blank
Binding: Quarter calf, off-white papered boards, 20th cent.

With (fol. 3) transcription of the letter, ?19th cent.

Custodial History: Probably bought by Bent Juel-Jensen, Sotheby's, 17 Dec. 1956, lot 145 (cutting, fol. iv)

Given by Bent Juel-Jensen, 1977

Subjects (LCSH)
   Great Britain -- History, Military -- 1485-1603

Articles of agreement between Nicholas Lynge the elder and Nicholas Lynge the younger concerning the lease of a farm called 'Ballyes', 29 Oct. 1593
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3029
Extent: 1 leaf
Binding: Cloth folder, with red leather lettering piece 'Nicholas Ling Fl. 1610, publisher...' , 20th cent.
Custodial History: Bought by Bent Juel-Jensen from 'Keen', 1952 (note inside upper cover)

Given by Bent Juel-Jensen, 1977

'A note of suche chargis as her Ma[jes]tie is yerelye att for her races', 1598?
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2002
Extent: 3 leaves

With (fols. 2-3) a typed transcript. Following the list of charges, there is a proposal by Sir Thomas Gorge and Robert Brett to discharge Her Majesty from the debts, in return for the grant of the fee farm for the races at Malmesbury and Tutbury respectively.

Found in the library, 2003.

Transcripts of historical documents and treatises, early 17th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2912
Extent: x + 232 pages (contemporary pagination to p. 117, continued in the hand of Richard Frank to p. 224)
Binding: half vellum, marbled boards, inscribed 'B 3' on spine, 18th cent.

Relates to

Custodial History: Richard Frank MS. B3; HMC 5: 6th Report (1877), app., p. 459; bought by Mrs. W. Bryher from Maggs Bros., and given by her to Agnes Latham, 1949.

Given by the estate of Miss Latham, 1996.

A collection of official military and political letters and documents, mainly relating to the Civil War, Interregnum and Restoration, 1603-99
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 184
Extent: i + 228 leaves
Binding: Brown calf, gilt, with gilt arms of 4th Duke of Newcastle on front board; bookplate of Fairfax of Cameron


Custodial History: Owned by Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle; with bookplate of Fairfax of Cameron, and pencil shelfmarks, 573 c. 27 inside upper board, and C.2.S.1 12(5) on fol. 1; bought at Sotheby's, 15 Feb. 1938 (Clumber sale), lot 1159.

Bought Sotheby's, 14 Dec. 1993 (Fairfax sale), lot 423, and given by the Friends of the Bodleian

Illuminated letters patent of Charles I, with Great Seal attached, granting Sir William Widdrington of Widdrington, Northumbria, the title of Baron Widdrington of Blankney in Lincolnshire, witnessed at Oxford, 1643
Shelfmark: Dep. a. 2
Extent: 1 leaf
Deposited 1931.

'A deliberation about the Execution of Justice uppon HR', 1649, with miscellaneous papers from the Interregnum and Restoration periods, 1655-c.1661
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6075
Extent: 12 leaves


Note: For further details see Bodleian Library Record, Vol. 16 no. 4 (October 1998), pp. 351-2.

Bought, Bloomsbury Book Auctions (23-4 Apr. 1997), lots 155 and 162.

Account by Thomas Peckham detailing the disclosure of the Rye House Plot by Josiah Keeling to Secretary of State, Sir Leoline Jenkins, in the presence of Lord Dartmouth at Hampton Court, Jan. 1684
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3650
Extent: 14 leaves

Includes brief biographical details of Josiah Keeling. Signed and sworn to be true by John Grahme (Graham) and by Anthony Cozens on behalf of Josiah Keeling on 14 January (fol. 10).

Biographical History: Josiah Keeling (fl. 1679-1691) was an oilman from East Smithfield, London, and involved with coalworks in Warwickshire. He became involved in the Rye House Plot to assassinate Charles II and the Duke of York in 1683. However, he became anxious about the plan, and eventually disclosed the plot to Sir Leoline Jenkins on 12 June 1683. Thomas Peckham was rewarded £200 and John Graham, a servant of Lord Dartmouth's, was given £100 in 'gratious thanks for the[ir] good service… to the King and Kingdome' (fol. 10), for persuading Keeling to confess the Rye House Plot. Further details for Josiah Keeling and the Rye House Plotters are in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History: Bookplates of Warwick Castle and Warwick Castle Local Library, with former shelfmark W. 5.

Bought, Christopher Edwards, Wallingford, 26 Jan. 2009.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Rye House Plot, 1683

Transcript, late 17th cent., in an unidentified hand, of a parliamentary roll, 22 Ric. II [1398-9], in French,
Shelfmark: MS. French c. 51
Extent: 31 leaves

The leaves are numbered 294-324. The last leaf is a list of contents for folios 196-284, the majority of which are missing.

Given by St. Hugh's College, Oxford, 1987.

'Miscellaneous Collections by Samuel Carte Esq.' (d. 1752)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7803
Extent: 373 leaves

Bound volume containing manuscripts relating to ecclesiastical law including case studies, legal precedents, queries and transcripts of legal documents. Also contains (fols. 257, 290, 326) draft legal documents produced by Carte on behalf of Jane Carte and her sons. The inside cover is inscribed to Mr Hamper by John Nichols.

Biographical History: Samuel Carte (d. 1752) was a solicitor in Chancery and an Ecclesiastical Antiquary who studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was the son of Samuel Carte and brother of Thomas Carte (see related material below).

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd. on 6 May 2010

Separated Material: Loose pages are now in the guardbook MS. Eng. c. 7284, fols. 116-9

Related Material: The Carte papers, mainly comprising collections formed by Thomas Carte, include several volumes of notes and a treatise on the process of a cause in the ecclesiastical courts, by the Rev. Samuel Carte, father of Thomas and Samuel Carte.

An anonymous treatise of advice to a Catholic King of Great Britain, c.1710
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3454
Extent: viii + 114 pages
Binding: Gilt-tooled red morocco, gilt-edged

The treatise may have been intended for presentation to James III, the 'Old Pretender'. It advises a Catholic monarch on how to rule in England, the author having considerable knowledge of the constitution, laws and religious history of the country. There are also sections on (pp. 69-76b) Scotland, referring to the recent union of parliaments (1707), and (pp. 76b-d) Ireland. The author hopes (p. 94) that 'this poor legacy may be acceptable from an old servant, who grows useless for anything but offering up his prayers'.

Custodial History: Guilford collection; Phillipps MS. 6120; armorial bookplate of Viscount Birkenhead; Sotheby's, 28 June 1965 (Phillipps sale), lot 161; Christie's, 20 Nov. 2003, (Earl of Perth's sale), lot 205; John Hart of Salthouse, catalogue 66 (April 2004), item 65.

Bought, Blackwell's Rare Books, Oct. 2004

Subjects (LCSH)
   Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1702-1714
   Jacobites -- Early works to 1800

Secret service papers of Sir Evan Nepean, 1787-1803, 1819
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7384
Extent: 147 leaves


Biographical History: Sir Evan Nepean (1752-1822) was Permanent Under-Secretary at the Home Office, 1782-91 and 1792-4. He had responsibility here for money paid for foreign secret service work. In 1794 he left the Home Office for the War Office, and in 1795 he was appointed Secretary to the Admiralty, continuing to take responsibility for foreign and home secret service work throughout. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Bought, Christopher Edwards, Antiquarian Books and MSS. June 2008.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Military intelligence -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
   Military intelligence -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
   Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Secret service -- Great Britain

'Memoranda regarding The Regius Professors of Physick & The Readers in Anatomy in the University of Oxford / With the Additions made by Rev. John Gutch, Editor of Wood's History & Annals', 1794
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 4073
Extent: ii + 30 leaves
Binding: Paper covers, upper cover waterstained on right-hand side

Comprises a list of the 'Regius Professors of Physick', 1535-1758, from the first Regius Professor, John Warner; together with a list of the Readers in Anatomy, 1624-1792, from the first Reader, Thomas Clayton. Often both posts were held by the same person. The list includes a brief biography and curriculum vitae for each man, with sources given. There are detailed notes (fols. 2-8) on the terms of the foundation of the Anatomical Lecture by Richard Tomlyn in 1623.

The original manuscript, written on the rectos, is by an unidentified author. The additional notes, written on the versos, are by John Gutch, the antiquarian. The additions by Gutch can be dated to 1794 (fol. 22v), 'He is the present Regius Professor of Medicine, 1794'.

Bought, Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 8 July 2010.
Sponsored by Marian Elliott and Susan Fielding, Duke Humfrey's Night, 15 Oct. 2011.

Personal names (NCA Rules)
   Gutch | John | 1746-1831 | clergyman, antiquary, Registrar of Oxford University

Subjects (LCSH)

'Rules, orders, and instructions for the future Government of the Office of the Ordnance ... 1683', transcribed c.1823
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7802
Extent: xvii leaves + 259 pages
Binding: Bound in dark brown morocco gilt with the cannons and powder-keg of the Surveyor General embossed on the upper and lower covers and a gilt spine with raised double bands

Transcript of the original instructions for the office of the Ordnance, with additions and amendments from the reigns of James II through to George IV. It describes in detail the duties of the various offices of the ordnance and includes a contents pages (fols. v-xvi). It was made for Henry Hardinge, who was appointed clerk of the Ordnance in 1823.

Biographical History: Henry Hardinge (1785-1856) was clerk of the ordnance between 1823 and 1827 - see Dictionary of National Biography

Part of the H. M. Colvin bequest presented by Lawrence Colvin, 4 Aug. 2008

Separated Material: Loose pages listing the successive Master Generals and Clerks of the Ordnance from 1712 to 1823 are now in guard-book MS. Eng. c. 7284, fols. 104-5.

Minute book of the National Party from its formation by a group of Conservative MPs until its dissolution, 1917-23
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2359
Extent: ii + 233 leaves, 84-208, 210-33 blank
Given by John Hooper, 1990

With (fols. 82-3) printed list of active supporters

Miscellaneous speech notes and papers of (James) Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, 1941, 1962-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3726
Extent: 101 leaves


Custodial History: The papers were previously in the possession of Joseph, Baron Kagan. Following Kagan's death, in 1995, they were purchased by a private collector.

Bought, Bonhams sale, 15 March 2005, item 705.

Separated Material: An oil painting of Harold Wilson [by an unknown artist], n.d., purchased with the papers, is now Janitor's List of Library Objects and Portraits, no. 772.

Related Material: An interim printed catalogue of the Library's extensive collection of Wilson Papers is available for consultation. Please note that some sections include material which remains closed.

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