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Palm Leaf manuscript

  • MS126
  • Item
  • [18--]

This manuscript book is one of the scriptures from the Abhidhamma, a division of the Buddhist canon.

Palm Leaf manuscript

  • MS127
  • Item
  • [18--]

Palm leaf book, 118 leaves. with two rectangular pieces of wood which act as covers, 5.5 cm x 40 cm, tied with string.

Bhāgavata Purāṇa [Bhagavata Purana]

  • MS128
  • Item
  • [17-?]-[18-?]

The manuscript consists of twelve cantos (skandhas). Text on highly burnished paper is in india ink with illustrations and miniatures in gouache with gold pigment; borders in gold leaf. The text is preceded by twenty-five miniatures. There are forty-eight miniatures interspersed with the text which is lavishly illustrated. Sacred texts in rolled manuscript form were first created in eighteenth-century Kashmir. In the nineteenth century these manuscripts were created in northern India, particularly in Alwar and Jaipur. It is more likely that this manuscript is nineteenth rather than eighteenth century.

The manuscript is housed in a cylindrical silver container. The initials S.B. below the image of griffin are engraved on the lid. Family legend holds that the initials are those of an officer who saved the life of the Nawab Wazir of Oudh and was presented with the manuscript as a token of gratitude. During a hunting expedition the Nawab had been attacked by a tiger.

Megillah. Book of Esther scroll

  • MS129
  • Item
  • [17-?]-[18-?]

The scroll is written on tanned animal hide, likely deerskin, mounted on a wooden handle. Script appears to be of Sephardic origin and thus its original provenance is likely to be western North Africa.

Bill of sale [Kauff-Brief.]

  • MS130
  • Item
  • 3 June 1716

Item consists of a bill of sale [Kauff-Brief] by Andreas Roessner, burgess and basketmaker at Kelheim [Kerbelmacher zu Kelhaimb] in Bavaria, and Maria his wife. The other party to the sale is named Christopher [Nachhilter?], burgess and soap-boiler [Saiffensieder] at Kelheim. The bill ends with the date 3 June 1716. Afterward there is an authorizing signature by Johann Albrecht Notthaft von Weissentein, who acquired the lands of Affecking, now part of the city of Kelheim, through marriage. Notthaft died on 9 August 1727 at the age of 79.

The bill is an unbound manuscript written in ink, now faded to light brown, executed on a single sheet of laid paper in folio format. The paper bears a stamp in black ink, 3 cm in diameter, reading “(VI) Kreizer-Papier,” a paper manufacture which dates to about the end of the seventeenth century. It also bears a watermark of a fleur-de-lis. Beside the signature of Notthaft, there is a black wax seal, 2 cm in diameter, depicting a coat-of-arms surmounted by a crown with the letters “HANFVW” [ie Hans Albrecht Notthaft, Freiherr von Weissenstein?]. The bill has been folded numerous times and bears the title “Kauff Brief” with comments and the date 3 June 1716 on the outer fold. The language appears to be mainly High German with some dialectic peculiarities.

Roessner, Andreas and Maria

Fortifications, warfare, navigation and architecture manuscript collection

  • MS133
  • Collection
  • [17--]

Nouveau sistème de fortification. [17-?] -- 192 p.

Proposal of a new system of fortification containing several new advantages that may be made of sluices in the fortifying and defending places that are situated on rivers or near the sea as likewise a solution to the first question proposed to the learned in 1708 viz how to make mines or furnaces (fourneaux) each of which you may fire as often as you please without bursting them, & these to be made in such a manner as not to be liable to be flooded ... as likewise a new method of attacking ... more expedite and less bloody than those practised in the last wars. [17-?-]. -- 10 p. -- Partial translation of preceding manuscript. -- Drawing : pen and ink.

Notes extraites d'un memoire sur Maestricht. -- [17-?]. -- 2 p.

Nouvelle construction d'ecluses pur le menagement des eaux, ou maniere d'etablir la navigation dans les plaines des pays ou les eaux sonts rares. -- [17-?]. -- 6 p. -- Methode generale pour tracer sure le papier, ou sur le terrain le trait magistral ... -- 2 p. Nouvelle construction d'ecluses pour empecher l'entree de l'eau sallee d'un havre, dans celle d'un canal, ou riviere navigable ... 7 p. -- These three manuscripts are all written on the same gathering of paper. Premier exemple de l'usage d'un seul reservoir. -- 2 p. This manuscript is loose in the gathering. Drawing : pencil sketch. -- Drawing: pen and ink.

Description par letres de renvoy des principales parties ... des bastions. [17-?] -- 21 p. -- Drawing : pencil sketch.

Discours sur quelques sujets d'architecture. -- [17-?]. -- 14 p.

Untitled fragments. -- [17-?]. -- 34 p. -- Drawing : pen and ink.

Dorset (England) manuscript collection

  • MS134
  • Collection
  • 1796

The collection consists of seven inventories, compiled for each Dorset parish, of the number of farmers, livestock, amount and type of crops (dead stock), number of servants who can be mounted on horseback, number of servants who can be armed with pickaxes and shovels. The inventories were collected by Lord Milton's Corps of Yeomanry Calvary, the volunteer Dorset Rangers. It seems likely that the inventory was prepared in anticipation of a French invasion.

Pope Clement XIII and Conde de Oeyras manuscript collection

  • MS135
  • Collection
  • 1767-1768

Relaçaõ das cartas de Roma, e suas respostas, que vaõ indicadas no despacho no. VIII expedido sobre esta materia ao Sñr. Ayres de Sá e Mello em 15 de Março de 1768. -- March, 1768. -- Manuscript, 1 p. -- The title is followed by a list of the seven numbered manuscripts below.

No. I. Copia da carta escripta em nome do papa a el Rey nosso senhor. Carrissimo in Christo filio nostro Josepho Portugalliae, et Algarbiorum regi fidelissimo. Clemens Papa XIII. -- 31 August 1767. -- Manuscript, 4 p. -- Text is in Latin.

No. II. Copia da resposta de sua magestade ao papa. -- 5 December 1767. -- Manuscript, 2 p. -- Text is in Portuguese.

No. III. Copia do breve dirigido em nome do papa ao Conde de Oeyras. Clemens P.P. XIII. -- 31 August 1767. -- Manuscript, 3 p. -- Text is in Latin.

No. IV. Copia da resposta do Conde de Oeyras a sua santidade. -- December 1767. -- Manuscript, 4 p. -- Text is in Latin.

No. V. Copia da carta do nuncio de Madrid escripta ao Conde de Oeyras. -- 28 October 1767. -- Manuscript, 3 p. -- Text is in Italian.

No. VI. Copia da resposta do Conde de Oeyras ao dito nuncio. -- 5 December 1767. -- Manuscript, 4 p. -- Text is in Portuguese.

No. VII. Copia da consulta, que a meza do dezembargo do paço fez a S. mage. em 13 de Janeiro de 1768 sobre o descripto expedido em nome do Papa debaixo das formas da bula da cruzada. -- 13 January 1768. -- Manuscript, 6 p. -- Text is in Portuguese.

Beatissimo padre. -- [176-]. -- Manuscript, 4 p. -- Text is in Portuguese. -- Manuscript is not complete.

Clemens XIII, Pope

Eighteenth Century British military manuscript collection

  • MS136
  • Collection
  • 1761-1774

A List of the Reduced Officers of Our Land Forces and Marines Entitled to Receive Half Pay in Our Kingdom of Great Britain for the Year 1774 / By His Majesty's Command, Groonslow, Townshend, and Beauchamp. -- 5 May 1774. -- Manuscript, 50 p. -- List is addressed to Richard Rigby, Paymaster General. -- List includes names of corps, officers' names and quality; it concludes with a two-page abstract.

An Independent Company of Foot / By His Majesty's Command, Barrington, North, and James Oswald. -- [1761?]. -- Manuscript, 2 p., numbered 91 and 92. -- Per diem and yearly ranks of pay.

The Charge of the Garrison of Guadeloupe / by His Majesty's Command, Barrington, North, and James Oswald. -- [1761?]. -- Manuscript, 2 p., numbered 93 and 94. Manuscript is headed George R. -- Per diem and yearly rates of pay for various positions such as the Governor, Chaplain, Surgeon as well as military ranks at Guadeloupe, Fort Royal, Fort George, Marie Galante, and Grand Terre.

Regulation of Subsistence to Be Paid to Every Officer and Soldier on the Foregoing Establishment. -- [8 December 1761?]. -- Manuscript, 1 p., numbered 95. -- Manuscript is headed George R.

Warrant for Deducting the Subsistence to Two Men Per Company From the Captains in Case They Do not Keep Them Compleat According to This Establishment / By His Majesty's Command, Barrington, North and James Oswald. -- 8 December 1761. -- Manuscript, 1 p., numbered 96. -- Warrant is addressed to Henry Fox, Paymaster General. -- Manuscript is headed George R.

Warrant for Deducting Twelve Pence in the Pound / By His Majesty's Command, Barrington, North, and James Oswald. -- 8 December 1761. --. Manuscript, 1 p., numbered 97. Warrant is addressed to Henry Fox, Paymaster General. -- Manuscript is headed George R.

Warrant for Deducting One Day's Pay Yearly / By His Majesty's Command, Barrington, North, and James Oswald. -- 8 December 1761. -- Manuscript, 1 p., numbered 98. -- Manuscript is headed George R.

Registre des rentes et champart de Dompierre Anneé 1624 Piece unique inventoricé

  • MS137
  • Item
  • 1624

French rent account books. Both mss. contain names of landholders, details of their holdings and the amounts of rent due.

Coeuillor abrégé des censiers ... tant a dompbre que Hay et les appendences et despendences d'icelles pour une annee osteve[?] a la saint Rémy. Annee[?] mvi trente et un. -- 1632. -- Incomplete manuscript, 11 p.

Hymn to be sung by the charity children

  • MS138
  • Item
  • 17--

The text of the hymn begins "Did Jesus weep for human woes". The date "c1780's" has been written in pencil by an unknown hand. Research Collections has two broadsides containing hymns. One is titled "The First Hymn Sung by the Charity Children" and is dated 7 July 1713. The other one is "The Second Hymn Sung by the Charity Children" and is dated 20 Sept. 1914. The text of the broadsides does not match this manuscript.

Eighteenth Century Newsletters collection

  • MS139
  • Collection
  • 1719-1720

This collection of newsletters was written in London by John Farr and his son John Farr Junior between 25 June 1719 and 10 September 1720. They were sent periodically to Francis Thistlethwayte in Winterslow, Wiltshire. The number sent varies from five to fourteen per month. The content includes: military and naval affairs, especially the war with Spain; foreign news from Europe, Jamaica, Newfoundland, and the Americas; news from Scotland and Ireland; commerce and shipping movements; natural disasters such as earthquakes; criminal affairs, spies, murders and arrests; deaths and the funeral of Joseph Addison; legal reports, stock reports and quotations, South Sea Bubble, politics and Parliamentary affairs.

The most likely Francis Thistlethwayte to be a recipient of the newsletters was born in 1658 and attended New College Oxford. The date of his death is uncertain but his father, Alexander (1636-1715) was long-lived. John Farr signed one newsletter dated 12 December 1719. There is a note on the verso of the 17 December 1719 newsletter by John Farr Junior.

Farr, John

Qing Dynasty scroll

  • MS140
  • Item
  • 1869

The handscroll is an Imperial mandate from the Tongzhi Emperor ( 1856-1875) to the parents of Lu Chuan-Lin (1836-1910), an officer of the court and a Jinshi who passed the highest Imperial examinations. The text which is in Mandarin and Manchu, is written in ink and gold paint upon contiguous panels of blue, fuchsia, gold, cream and purple silk, backed onto sections of laid paper. The edict proclaims a promotion given to a Manchu official. The emperor praises the distinguished service of Lu Chuan-Lin. The scroll is wound around two cedar dowels at both ends, and is tied with multicoloured flat silk ribbon. The scroll is housed in an acid-free box.

Tins of Cornwall, England and the island of Banca, West Indies.

  • MS141
  • Item
  • [1790?]-1859

Manuscript is a fair copy of letters and accounts which were published as Letters, Remarks, &c. with a view to open an extensive trade in the article of tin, from the County of Cornwall to India, Persia, and China, compiled by George Unwin (London: W. and J. Stratford, 1790). The manuscript was owned with a print copy of the book (catalogued as <a href="http://catalogue.mcmaster.ca/catalogue/Record/807616">B18058</a> and part of the library of the future King George IV).

The additional letter explains that the ms copy was found with"some old papers" at the Board of Trade offices. The letter from a Mr. Williams was sent to William George Anderson, the Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall (1851-1891).

Crombie family fonds

  • RC0001
  • Fonds
  • 1760-2002

The fonds contains: correspondences of the Cradock, Atkins, Wood and Crombie families; poems, diaries, legal and genealogical material, essays, stories, legal documents; and various other material. See 'System of Arrangement' below for more detailed description.

Crombie Family

Margaret Laurence fonds

  • RC0002
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1997

The fonds consists mainly of book manuscripts including The Stone Angel (1964), A Jest of God (1966), Long Drums and Cannons (1966), The Fire Dwellers (1969), A Bird in the House (1970), The Diviners (1974) and Heart of a Stranger (1976). The audio cassette, disc and reel are of songs from The Diviners.

Laurence, Margaret

James King fonds

  • RC0004
  • Fonds
  • 1980-2001

There have been four accruals. The first accrual (57-1995, 30 cm) consists of manuscripts and research notes for three of his published works, Interior Landscapes: A Life of Paul Nash (1987), The Last Modern: A Life of Herbert Read (1990), and Virginia Woolf (1994); draft typescript and galley proof; and editorial and literary correspondence (including Graham Greene, Stephen Spender, Muriel Spark, and Francis Bacon).

The second accrual (26-1997, 60 cm) consists of material relating to The Life of Margaret Laurence (1997), editorial notes, photographs and correspondence (including Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Al Purdy, and letters from Margaret Laurence to her editor, Alan Maclean.

The third accrual (27-1999, 68 cm) consists of three series: manuscripts and related material for Faking (1999) and Jack: A Life with Writers, The Story of Jack McClelland (1999), photographs, and literary correspondence.

The fourth accrual (16-2001, 20 cm) consists of two draft typescripts of *Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat</I> (2002) and editorial correspondence.

King, James

Victor DiBello fonds

  • RC0005
  • Fonds
  • 1948?-198-

The fonds (35-1997) consists of scrapbooks, a small amount of correspondence, posters and music scores, some in manuscript and others in published form.

DiBello, Victor

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