Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: historical papers
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Miscellaneous single volumes or files of papers relating to British and Irish
history, acquired by the Bodleian Library by purchase, bequest or donation since
Arranged chronologically by earliest date in each item.
Papers of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, First Lord of the Treasury
Shelfmark: MS. North adds. b. 10
Extent: 147 leaves
- (fols. 1-87) Official Treasury papers mainly relating to imports,
exports and customs duties, 1692-1722, n.d.
- (fols. 88-123) Papers relating to schemes for the raising of revenue,
mainly addressed to Lord Bute, 1759-62.
- (fols. 124-41) Miscellaneous official papers, comprising
- (fols. 124-5) Copy of a letter concerning the
settlement of refugees from the Palatinate, 1709.
- (fols. 126-9) Proposals for the Lead
- (fols. 130-1) Summary of the totals of
conformists, papists and nonconformists from the 'Compton
Census' of 1676, early 18th cent.
- (fols. 132-3)
Petition to the House of Commons from the voters of Southwark,
early 18th cent.
- (fols. 134-9) Part (pp.290-300) of
a list of instructions to the American colonies concerning naval
- (fols. 140-1) Statement of Queen Charlotte's expenditure
in the first three quarters of 1783.
- (fols. 142-7) Miscellaneous papers, including
- (fol. 142)
A French Treasury quittance, 1514. Written in
- (fol. 143) Officially attested genealogy of
the Herwart family of Augsberg, 1673. Written in
- (fol. 144) Rough inventory of china, glass,
silver and linen, n.d. [mid 18th cent.].
- (fol. 145)
A letter from Col. R Cheney of the Grenadier Guards to his
nephew, relating to the Peninsular War, 3 Dec.
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.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6042
Extent: v + 11 leaves, i-iv and 4-11 blank
Binding: Quarter calf, off-white papered boards, 20th
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
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
Custodial History: Bought by Bent Juel-Jensen from 'Keen', 1952 (note inside upper
Given by Bent Juel-Jensen, 1977
'A note of suche chargis as her Ma[jes]tie is yerelye att for her
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
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.
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.
- (pp. 1-88) the fall and execution of Robert Devereux, 2nd
Earl of Essex
- (pp. 89-158) the last expedition and disgrace of Sir Walter Raleigh
- (pp. 175-224) two treatises by Francis Bacon, 'The use
of the law' and 'The equalling of lawes', with annotations by Richard Frank on the
publication of many of the items in Camden's Annals, Rapin's History of
England and William Robertson's History of Scotland. There is a contemporary list of
contents on p. ix and a fuller one (pp. iii-vii) signed by Richard
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.
- (fols. 25-6, 29-32, 51-60, 65-6, 71-2, 84-5, 88-91, 185, 210-11)
letters to, and related papers of Capt. John Boys, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent,
- (fols. 25-6, 29-32, 51-91 passim, 185,
210-17, 220-22) papers relating to the Civil War in Kent
- (fols. 29-30) account of battle of Turnham Green, 1642
- (fols. 33-216 passim) papers relating to
the Civil War in Yorkshire,
including papers relating to the Civil War service of Col.
Christopher Copley in the Northern Association, and his
subsequent petitions to Parliament, and to the Northern Association
under the command of Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Baron Fairfax, 1642-5
- (fol. 78) list of slain, wounded or captured at the battle of
- (fols. 100-2) reports on the siege of Chester, Nov. 1645
- (fols. 109-121) papers relating to situation in Ireland, 1647-8
- (fols. 128-31) copy of report on the battle of Dunbar, 1650, by Oliver
- (fols. 132-33) letters concerning Civil War in Scotland, Aug. 1651
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,
Shelfmark: Dep. a. 2
Extent: 1 leaf
'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.
- (fols. 1-8) legal arguments for and (fols. 5-8) against the execution
Charles I, probably written in January
1649. The document is written in the same hand throughout; the authors
of the arguments are not named, though the argument for sparing the king
is apparently composed by a senior officer in the army, as he states
(fol. 7v) 'I who in armes have not putt a
price on my life to oppose the King everywhere...'. The conclusion is
that the king should be spared, the document ending with the words 'for
these reasons therfore, my vote is, Vivat Rex'.
- (fols. 9-10) draft commission for the appointment of a deputy gamekeeper for the Lord Protector's game twenty miles
about Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, 26 Feb. 1655
- (fol. 11) list of ciphers, n.d. [probably between Dec. 1659 and Jan. 1660]
using a two-letter code, endorsed with a note on how to interpret
numbers for money and for men in a ciphered document, and with
directions that the list is to be left with 'Mr Walker att a drapers att
the head & sword in paules church yeard'. The list of names suggests
that the document relates to correspondence concerning General George Monck, the restoration of the Rump Parliament,
and the return of the secluded members.
- (fol. 12) list of twenty-eight names, n.d. [c.1661], the first nine noted as 'members', apparently MPs
returned to the ' Cavalier
Parliament' of 1661 for Norfolk
constituencies. The remaining names appear to be members of the Norfolk
gentry. 'Sr Justinian Lewing' has been added to the list (Sir Justinian
Lewin was knighted in May 1661).
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
Custodial History: Bookplates of Warwick Castle and Warwick Castle Local Library, with
former shelfmark W. 5.
Bought, Christopher Edwards, Wallingford, 26 Jan. 2009.
Rye House Plot, 1683
Transcript, late 17th cent., in an unidentified
hand, of a parliamentary roll, 22 Ric. II [1398-9], in
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,
'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
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,
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3454
Extent: viii + 114 pages
Binding: Gilt-tooled red morocco,
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
Great Britain -- Politics and government --
Jacobites -- Early works to 1800
Secret service papers of Sir Evan Nepean,
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
- (fol. 1, 13, 22, 45, 90, 119, 126) Typescript descriptions of the
contents of each section
- (fols. 2-12) Documents relating to the services of William Chalmers, who spied for the British in Morlaix,
including personal references for Chalmers and a letter (fols. 9-10)
detailing how he was planted in Morlaix, 1801-2
- (fols. 14-21) Documents relating to the financing of a mission by
Wm. Ph. Colyear Robertson, who was sent to Holland to
convey a message of support from Great Britain to local resistance,
- (fols. 23-44) Eleven affidavits authorising expenditures for secret
services, nine signed by Nepean, the other two by Henry Dundas, 1789-1803
- (fols. 46-89) Documents related to the foreign secret services of
Dirkinck. Including correspondence among Lord Spencer,
Capt. von Dirkinck and John Mitchell, HM Consul at Christiansand,
- (fols. 91-118) Ledgers relating to payment for secret services,
including one ledger (fol. 115v) which mentions a payment to Sir Sidney Smith,
who was kept in Temple prison in Paris for two years on charges of
- (fols. 120-5) A number of letters written by Edward Hague to Nepean,
concerning his secret services and a potential scandal involving
Capt. Popham, 1796-7
- (fols. 127-143) Miscellaneous documents relating to secret services
with which Nepean was involved, comprising
- (fols. 127-8) A
letter from Nepean about arranging for a packet boat,
- (fols. 129-30) A letter from Henry Dundas to
the Lord Lieutenant of
Ireland about the purchasing of corn and other
- (fols. 131-2) A letter from a
Mr. Riggs to
Nepean about Capt. von Dirkinck (see also fols. 46-88),
- (fols. 133-5) Agreement between Count Wedel and
Nepean setting the value of two ships captured by Danish
privateers at £2500 each, and receipt for same,
- (fols. 136-41) Documents relating to the
expenses incurred by Count Bentinck Rhoon during his secret services
for Nepean, 1799
- (fols. 142-3) Letter from Admiral
Michael Makaroff of the Russian Navy to Nepean
recommending a certain Lieutenant Golownin who was coming on an
exchange to the British Navy, 1802
- (fols. 144-5) Letter from A.
Waterhouse to Nepean in which Waterhouse describes a
certain ship, 1794
- (fol. 146) Letter from Manuel Flores, presumably to Nepean, in which he
explains how he is going to transmit certain intelligence, as well as
the two levels of confidentiality represented in the intelligence,
Bought, Christopher Edwards, Antiquarian Books and MSS. June 2008.
Military intelligence -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th
Military intelligence -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th
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',
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
'Rules, orders, and instructions for the future Government of the
Office of the Ordnance ... 1683', transcribed
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
Biographical History: Henry
Hardinge (1785-1856) was clerk of the ordnance between 1823
and 1827 - see Dictionary of National
Part of the H. M. Colvin bequest presented by Lawrence Colvin, 4 Aug.
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,
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,
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.
- (fols. 1-4) speech delivered at St. Augustine's School, 1962.
- (fols. 5-16) speech concerning the current state of the British
economy and Clause Four, Cardiff, n.d. [c.
- (fols. 17-28) speech 'Bridge in Britain' concerning friendship between
Britain and Israel, with related correspondence, [unidentified
place, c. July 1963]
- (fols. 29-35) speech to the Trade Union Group, [Scotland?, n.d., c. Summer 1963?]
- (fols. 36-41) speech concerning home ownership and the Rent Act,
Crosskeys, n.d. [c. Feb.-Oct. 1963]
- (fols. 42-5) speech concerning the appointment of Sir Alec Douglas-Home as
Prime Minister, Manchester, Oct. 1963
- (fols. 46-51) speech concerning the current state of the Labour Party,
Manchester, n.d. [c. 1963-4]
- (fols. 52-62) speech 'Problems of Western Foreign Policy', Wilton
Park, n.d. [c. 1963-4]
- (fols. 63-9) speech delivered at the Post Office conference,
[unidentified place, n.d., c.
- (fols. 70-83) speech 'Britain and the Common Market', [unidentified
place, n.d., c. Jan. 1964]
- (fols. 84-101) miscellaneous papers, 1941, 1963, 1967, n.d.
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,
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
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