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Extract from Comiers' Pratique Curieuse, ou Les Oracles des Sibylles

  • MS114
  • Item
  • [17--?]

Item consists of a manuscript copy, written into a blank book, of an extract from the printed work by Claude Comiers entitled Pratique Curieuse, ou Les Oracles des Sibylles, Sur Chaque Question Proposée, the first edition of which was published in 1693. Subsequent editions were published into the late eighteenth century. It is unclear which edition is represented in this manuscript copy. An edition of 1750 matches this manuscript in terms of content and page numbering.

His book Pratique Curieuse uses tables and keys to determine the fortunes of the reader, based on calculations made through numbers associated with various elements. No description of how to make these calculations has been included in the portion contained in this manuscript copy.

Foliated [1], 1-170, [1], the final page being blank. These numbers were derived from the page numbers of the edition used to make the copy. The blank book was imposed in quarto format and bound with six bands. It is certain that this was a blank book, since, for example, the lines written on the first page transferred to the inside of the front cover before they dried. The original pale blue paper cover was at some point itself covered over, likely due to the apparent cracking of the spine, with a slightly thinner red wavy striped paper cover cut slightly too large, now also cracked and chipped along the spine. Paper has the watermark 'MI' with what appears to be a bell and an oak leaf surmounted by a crown. The only illustration is on p. 73 and depicts an angel's head with wings, drawn perhaps with the same pen and ink used to transcribe the book. Italic hand. Relatively modern and consistent orthography.

Comiers, Claude

1766 Madrid riots and Instruction Against the Jesuits

  • MS112
  • Item
  • 1760-1766

Indice. Tumulto de Madrid del anno 1766 .... Instruccion a Principes an malos Jesuitas.

Spanish and Portuguese manuscript bound in vellum. Notation on spine almost illegible but appears to read "PAPEL NARROS". 342 unnumbered pages. The first approx. half of the ms. is in Spanish. It concerns the 1766 riots in Madrid and consists of sections in various hands. The second section, ("Instruccaõ a Principes, sobre a Politica dos Padres Jesuittas") a translation from Italian into Portuguese, consists of instructions to rulers against the Jesuits, apparently in a single hand, dated Lisbon, 1760. The manuscript is in fragile condition: some leaves have become detached from the spine.

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

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.

World War, 1914-1918 collection

  • RC0309
  • Collection
  • 1761-1968

The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, post cards, maps, manuscripts, typescripts, orders and other official documents, diagrams, programmes, souvenirs, song-sheets, artwork, leaflets, sound recordings and moving images, and printed materials.

Barry Brown fonds

  • RC0081
  • Fonds
  • 1763-1966

The fonds consists of correspondence, book lists and catalogues, financial material, bound manuscript notebooks, scrap books, albums and a series of binders containing photocopies of the title pages and shelf locations of his book collection.

Brown, J. Barry

An assessment for the necessary relief of the poor

  • MS089
  • Item
  • 1764-1765

An assessment for the necessary relief of the poor, & for the other purposes relating to the poor, for the parish of Box, made and assessed the 21st day of October 1764 as follows.

John Wilkes letter

  • MS087
  • Item
  • 22 October 1764

A letter written by John Wilkes to "the worthy electors of the borough of Aylesbury in the county of Bucks" on 22 October 1764.

Wilkes, John

Edith Russell fonds

  • RC0275
  • Fonds
  • 1767-1977

There have been two accruals. The contents of the first accrual mainly concerns Edith's life after her marriage to Russell while the second is about Edith's life before her marriage.

Finch, Edith

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

George Marshall fonds

  • MS113
  • Item
  • [1771?]-1777

The fonds consists of a bound manuscript titled "A Series of Letters from Brother to a Sister". It begins with a poem titled "George Marshall to Miss Eliza Marshall, London, August the 22nd, 1777". This is followed by an account of Marshall's voyage on The Charlotte, from England to Bombay, commencing on 20 February [1772?] and ending 21 January [1773?]. The ship sailed from Gravesend and visited Bonavista, St. Jago, Porto Praya Bay, Mayo, Rio de Janeiro, St. Sebastian, Santa Cruz, Tristan de Cunha, Apularia, Cochin, Malabar Coast, Mangulore, Goa and Bombay. There are very full accounts of the towns, customs, birds and animals and other aspects of the settlements visited. There is a map tipped in to face page 11: A View of Porto Praya Bay in the Island of St. Jago. Stamped on the spine in gold is "Voyage to the E. Indies."

Accompanying the manuscript is a letter to Mrs. S. Siwek (presumably a former owner) from A.W.H. Pearsall, Custodian of Manuscripts at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, dated 22 February 1963. The letter indicates that the Royal Charlotte was an East India Company ship and notes that their records show that the voyage began 1772. The manuscript contains only one date during the voyage, that of 1 January 1772. It is possible that Marshall wrote 1772 when in fact he should have written 1773, as is often the case when the year changes.

Marshall, George

William Cowper collection

  • RC0707
  • Collection
  • 1773-1824

The collection contains manuscripts and letters written by Cowper and Newton.

Cowper, William

Buck Engravings of England

  • RC0832
  • Collection
  • 1774-

The collection consists of fourteen engravings from the Bucks' series on England.

Samuel and Nathaniel Buck

Edward Burnaby Greene collection

  • RC0771
  • Collection
  • 1775

Ode / by Edward B. Greene -- [1775]. -- Manuscript, 1 p.

Ode / by E.B.G. -- 31 March [1775]. -- Manuscript, 1 p.

Ode / by E.B.G. -- 7 May 1775. -- Manuscript, 3 p.

Ode / by E.B.G. -- 12 April 1775. -- Manuscript, 3 p.

Alcaic / by E.B.G. -- [1775]. -- Manuscript, 1 p.

All five manuscripts are written on blank pages of The poems of Mr. Gray to which are prefixed memoirs of his life and writings by W. Mason, M.A.

Greene, Edward Burnaby

Drama collection

  • RC0819
  • Collection
  • 1777-1929

The engravings can be divided into two groupings. There is a collection of engravings done from paintings of scenes from Shakespeare's plays. There are thirty-five of these as well as a list of illustrations from an unidentified book. The other grouping consists mainly of engravings of actors and actresses in a variety of different roles, including Shakespearean roles. A few are portraits. This grouping contains ninety-two engravings, some of them duplicates. A few are autographed: signatures include Gustavus Vaughan Brooke, Edwin Forrest, Leigh Murray, Anna Cora Mowatt, Grant Thorburn, and William Wilberforce. One engraving, a depiction of Mr. Compton as Launce, is hand-coloured. In addition, there are sixteen theatre programmes, 1881-1929, from London, England.

Ralph Sheldon fonds

  • MS092
  • Fonds
  • 1779

The fonds consists of a bound manuscript, 48 pages in length, titled "A tour through part of Switzerland and the glaciers of Savoy & Berne in a letter to Richard Cox Esq." The manuscript is not dated, but can be deduced from references in the text. The trip took place after the death of Voltaire in 1778 but before the climbing of Mont Blanc which occurred in 1786. The mention of a Dr. Michael Schüppach, age 72, suggests the year 1779, which is confirmed by the indication that October 5th is a Tuesday. The manuscript is signed by Ralph Sheldon.

Sheldon, Ralph

George Anne Bellamy Letters

  • RC0749
  • Item
  • 1780

The collection consists of two letters, written c. 1780. Both letters concern her need for money.One was to John Coakley Letsom, a physician.

Bellamy, George Anne

Samuel Johnson collection

  • RC0738
  • Collection
  • 1780-[196-]

The collection consists of one autograph letter signed by Dr. Johnson, a copper token bearing Johnson's portrait, a typescript of a talk delivered to the Johnson Club in 1921, and offprints of articles relating to Johnson and James Boswell.

Johnson, Samuel

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