Manuscript on plants and trees, ca. 1785

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  • AuthorJodrell, Richard Paul, 1745-1831.
  • TitleManuscript on plants and trees, ca. 1785 / by me, Richard Paul Jodrell.

Catalog Record

Call no: TBD

Acquired September 2016

Letter : Wadham College [Oxford], to his sister Molly

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Summary:A descriptive first-hand account of the famed murder trial of Mary Blandy, who in 1752 stood accused of poisoning her invalid father with white arsenic in his food, on the instructions of her aspiring lover, William Henry Cranstoun, who was, unbeknownst to her, already in possession of a wife, but was hungry for the £10,000 Miss Blandy was due to inherit. The trial, conducted in Oxford, continued for some eleven and a half hours without respite, and saw Mary condemned to death. The ‘fair parricide’, as she was known, was hanged on 6 April 1752, her last words being ‘Gentlemen, don’t hang me high for the sake of decency’. Stillingfleet watched the whole trial, remarking ‘I feel the effects of being at it yet for I was almost squeez’d to death in the crowd’. While admiring Blandy’s speech as ‘very fine & very artfully drawn up’, his own verdict on the case is unambiguous: ‘I never heard of a more premeditated piece of cruelty’.

  • AuthorStillingfleet, Edward, -1795.
  • TitleLetter : Wadham College [Oxford], to his sister Molly, 1752 March 5.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 136

Acquired August 2016

Accounts for the estates belonging to Charles Pierrepont

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Kept by the accountant William Pickin, this volume records a full year’s accounts for the estates of Charles Pierrepont, 1st Earl Manvers. This includes the income and expenditure for 31 estates from Burgh, Hemingby and Asterly in Lincolnshire, Old Cotes, Beighton and Adwick upon Dearne in Yorkshire, and Perlethorpe, Budby and Edwinston in Nottinghamshire. The final 20 leaves are the extensive accounts for Thoresby Hall, the Nottinghamshire residence of Charles Pierrepont. They record monthly expenditure for the running of the house and lands including: housekeeping bills, taxes and parish dues, gardens and nursery, out work repairs, servants wages, stables, husbandry and miscellaneous payments. Evidently a philanthropic man, Pierrepont paid for the children’s shoes, meat, bread and teachers’ salary at nearby Budby school. The table of summary records February as the month of lowest expenditure (£195.2.1) and December as the highest (£4923.5.1); the total expenditure for the year being £7928.19.0.

  • AuthorPickin, William.
  • TitleAccounts for the estates belonging to Charles Pierrepont, 1794.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss vol. 220

Acquired April 2016

A collection of Georgian poetry and prose, ca. 1790

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Sixty-five manuscript notecard or notecard fascicles (each consisting of a varying number of loosely stitched to head with variously coloured threads), composed in a neat and small hand, mostly to both sides of each card. In at least two hands, several variously initialled at end ‘S.W.’, ‘R.W.’ and ‘M.W.’ Some cards are dated to the 1790s, and very occasionally a location, such as ‘Whitby’, is added. Apparently used as a form of Georgian commonplace, this collection consists of manuscript transcriptions of poems, prose and notable correspondence. Selected poetry includes pieces by Mrs Chapone, Sheridan, Cowper, Della Crusca (‘The Slave. An Elegy’), Charlotte Smith, MacKenzie and Ireland (Hogarth illustrated). Prose includes ‘An Original letter from Sir Robt. Walpole’, ‘Pieces of conjugal happiness address’d to a Lady on her Marriage by Dr. Langhorne’, ‘Virtue & Good Order. To Mrs Hume’ and four lengthy pieces entitled ‘The married man & Batchelor contrasted’, with arguments in favour and against marriage from the single and married perspective. Several of the pieces appeared in various literary magazines and such publication series as Charles Dilly’s Elegant Extracts (London, 1780s-90s), and it is likely that these extracts were copied from such compilations of short works.

TitleA collection of Georgian poetry and prose, ca. 1790.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 223

Acquired September 2016

Catalogue of my prints or grand portraits of our most eminent countrymen, 1730

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Manuscript catalogue on paper of the print collection of William Oldys, mostly written in his own hand. Most of the catalogue entries are presented in one alphabetized list and note the artist, engraver, technique, format, source (if published in a book), and major features of the print. Included are some additions, deletions, and annotations by Oldys and later notes in the hand of Horace Walpole to rear endpaper and in one or more places in Oldys’s text.

  • AuthorOldys, William, 1696-1761.
  • TitleCatalogue of my prints or grand portraits of our most eminent countrymen, 1730.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 224

Acquired July 2016

An inventory of the household furniture, linen and china, in Bloomsbury Square

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Sir William Lee, 1688-1754. An inventory of Sir William’s Bloomsbury residence (taken 24 years after his death in 1788), is a remarkable document recording every item in all 30 rooms from the bed chambers to the coachman’s room, the servant’s hall and the kitchen. Every table, clock, candlestick, painting, pillow, bed, pot, pan, knife and fork are recorded with an additional list of linen, china and glass. The inventory ends with a 43 page listing of books located in ‘the front room’ and other rooms within the house. The collection, of approximately 1450 books, covers a broad spectrum of works including philosophy (Locke, Hobbes, &c.), politics, classics, lexicography, law, and literature (Fielding, Swift, Johnson, &c.). There are an additional eight manuscript receipts relating to Sir William senior. One is a remarkably dense 6pp receipt from Phillmore & Co. for building work ‘done at his.

  • TitleAn inventory of the household furniture, linen and china, in Bloomsbury Square, the house of William Lee Esq., deceased; together with an archive of manuscript invoices, receipts and quotations for building work carried out on behalf of the Lee family, 1734-1799.

Catalog Record

LWL MSS 18

Acquired April 2016