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Letter from Isaac Barrow to the Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge

Pera, Constant[ino]politanae - After an apology for the long delay in writing to the Fellowship, he gives an account of his travels from Paris, with a description of his stay in Florence, prolonged because of the plague in Naples, which was predicted to spread to Rome whither he had planned to go next; heeding the warning that if caught by the plague he would not be able to leave, and it proving too difficult to reach Venice, he embarks on a ship to Constantinople. He describes the present state of affairs under the Grand Vizier, Koprulu Mehmed Pasha, who had come to power two years earlier: his work to restore the Ottoman name at home and abroad, recovering the islands of Tenedos and Lemnos, repelling an attack by the Venetian fleet, suppressing a revolt in Moldavia and Wallachia by removing their princes, repressing the infighting threatening the prestige of the empire, most recently undertaking an expedition to Transylvania on the pretext that Prince Ragotzy, a Turkish subject, had invaded Poland hoping to take the kingdom for himself. Barrow predicts that Christendom will find in the Grand Vizier its worst enemy and describes his punishment of Parthenius, the Patriarch of the Greek Church, who was accused of intrigue with the Duke of Muscovy despite the commonly held view that the accusations were false, and who was hanged and left on display in his Pontifical robes as a deterrent to plotters. Barrow closes with a promise to return to Cambridge within the year.

Docketed by William Derham, "Paper. 1. Dr Barrows Lr the Fellows of Trin. Col. Cambridge from Constantinople. Caland August 1658. Publ. Lr 1. W.Ds.'

Trinity College, Cambridge

Letter from Richard Sheepshanks

Thanks WW for his letter full of Cambridge news: 'I shall be entirely happy to have any opportunity of showing my teeth or even hitting the heads...our opponents are the very ones of all others that I should like to hurl defiance against'. RS gives an account of his European tour: 'It was hot at Rome and so hot during our return that I think we did not travel more than one day from there to Milan'. 'Terni is as Lord Byron says worth all the waterfalls in Switzerland but together twofold'. However the 'number of beggars and idle rascals who want to be paid for sweeping and cleaning the paths and making bridges where they have never laid a finger is very provoking'. RS was not pleased with his courier who ordered a meal above his status: 'we took him on to Milan and dismissed him there as we had had a set purpose to do some time before. There too we got rid of our femme de chambre who was a sad useless idle impertinent and unprincipled little baggage'. RS gives his architectural observations of various cities in Italy. He thinks the painted arch originated on the northern side of the Alps: 'The prevalence in Italy of round arches and insulated columns in the later age as far as I can understand of all the painted arches I have yet seen makes me almost sure of this'. There is some good and early Gothic at Dijon.

Notes by Henry Blundell on physics lectures attended by him at Douai

This book contains a fair copy of notes made by Henry Blundell on a series of physics lectures, presumably attended by him at Douai. The name Douai does not occur in the book, but it is dated in the period when Blundell was there (1743-5).

The title ‘Phy[si]ca | seu | Phi[losophi]a na[tur]alis. | Prol[e]gomena.' appears on f. 1v, and ‘PHYSICA' is stamped on the spine. The
first of these titles is followed below by ‘Hen: Blundell—1744' and some further words. The written text concludes on f. 321r with the inscription ‘Die 1o julii an: D[o]m[in]i 1744 | Horis 84 | Hen: Blundell'.

The text is heavily abbreviated, but the omission of letters is not generally marked, as in the title cited above.

The seven engravings inserted among the MS leaves are as follows:

f. 2. St Thomas Aquinas, in a decorative border, with a descriptive caption beginning ‘SAINT THOMAS de la Noble Race des Comtes d'Aquin', subscribed ‘Chez Crepy a St. Iacques'.

f. 30. Réné Descartes, in a decorative border, with a descriptive caption beginning ‘RENE DES CARTES Seigneur de Peron', subscribed ‘Crepy rue St. Iacques a St. Iacques'.

f. 34. Astronomical diagram, headed ‘Tabula 20' and subscribed ‘Jacobus Jollain aletoille ex[cudit] cum priu[ilegio] regis' (‘aletoille' is written above the line, as if omitted by mistake) and ‘rue st. jacques a la belle etoile'.

f. 282: Diagram, headed ‘Tab. 9' and subscribed ‘A Paris chez Vallet.'

f. 287: Diagram, headed ‘TAB' (no number) and subscribed ‘A Paris chez Vallet 1724.'

f. 289: Diagram, headed ‘Tabula .10.' and subscribed ‘Jacobus Jollain fecit et excudit cum priv[ilegio] Regis aletoile'.

f. 298: Diagram, headed ‘Tabula. 8.'; no imprint.

The printed sheet (f. 322) is headed ‘PHILOSOPHIA NATURALIS', and contains a summary, or syllabus, of the subject broken down into three (perhaps termly) series of numbered sections.

Blundell, Henry (1724-1810), art collector

Letter from Sir Cordell Firebrace to Goodchild Clark

West Audley Street, (London).—Sends accounts of Davie and Edwards for 1746 and 1747.




The first paper I saw when I opend the drawer was the inclosd Acc[oun]ts of Davie & Edwards for the years 1746 & 1747. & therefore take the earliest opportunity. to send ’em, & a Line to notifie their being come safe to hand will very much oblige

S[i]r | Y[ou]r Humble Serv[an]t
C. Firebrace

W Audley Street
Feb the 21st 1750

[Direction:] To | Mr Goodchild Clark† | Attorney at Law | in Ipswich | Suffolk [At the foot:] Free | C. Firebrace


Postmarked 21 February and ‘AC’. Dawson Turner has added at the foot in pencil, ‘M P for Ipswich’ in pencil alongside the signature. There are a few irregular spellings. Letters missing from words abbreviated by superscript letters have been supplied in square brackets.

† Sic.

Letter from Samuel Kent to Goodchild Clark

Chelsea.—He showed the petitions and affidavits to Mr Pelham, and on his instruction they were read at yesterday’s Board of Treasury meeting. They are now to be referred to the attorney-general.



Dear S[i]r.

As there was no Board of Treasury before Yesterday Since I receivd the petitions & Affidav[i]ts, I went to Greenwich monday & shew them Mr Pellham, & Assur[e]d him [tha]t he might depend on [th]e Facts there set forth to be true, after som time talking w[i]th him he bid me give them to Mr West one of [th]e Secraterys to read them to [th]e board yesterday, who told me they would be referr[e]d to [th]e Atorney General {1} but I do not doubt from what past between Mr Pellham & myself they are in a Likly way to have a Noli. pross. {2} Mr Low was ill & not down yesterday but I desir[e]d [th]e Gentleman in his Offices to Acquaint him what I had done

I rest Dr Sr | Your huml Servt
Sam: Kent

Chelsea Sepr 20th 1750

I ask[e]d [th]e Man that Came wth me to Colchester if he was to be paid for [th]e Post Chaise he said he was & was paid. {3} [th]e 13s 6d.

[Direction:] To | Mr Goodch[il]d Clarke Atorny at Law | Ipswich [At the foot:] Free | Sam: Kent


Postmarked 20 September. Dawson Turner has written ‘M P for Ipswich’ in pencil alongside the signature. There are a few irregular spellings, e.g. ‘shew’ for ‘shewed’, ‘som’ for ‘some’. In the original some words are abbreviated by superior letters. In the transcript the missing letters have been supplied in square brackets. Fossil thorn ('y') has been replaced by 'th' in square brackets.

{1} Sir Dudley Ryder.

{2} i.e. ‘nolle prosequi’.

{3} The full stop is superfluous.

Letter from W. B. Coyte to ——

Ipswich.—Sends some pheasants, thanks him for the use of his library in town, and congratulates him on the king’s recovery. Refers to some rare plants he saw in Cumberland, etc.

(Perhaps directed to one of the king’s physicians.)



Oct. 24th

D[ea]r Sir

I beg your Acceptance of a Brace of Pheas[an]ts sent this Day by [th]e Mail Coach, kill’d yesterd[a]y.—I take this Opport[unit]y of returning you my Thanks for [th]e Information & Entertainm[en]t y[ou]r Library afforded me when in Town; & I heartily congratulate you on [th]e perfect Recovery of our worthy King, without fearing any chance of Relapse according to my Opinion.

I have been in Cumberland, Westmoreland &c. July & Aug[us]st last, & met w[it]h many scarce British Plants (to me) amongst w[hi]ch were—

“Ophrys paludosa—Polypod: fragrans of Hudson.

“Lobelia Dortmanna—Isoetes lacustris—

“Impatiens noli-tangere—Rumex digynus—

“Diosera longifolia—Osmunda lunaria. &c. &c.

From | yr Oblig’d H’ble Serv[an]t
W B Coyte.


Numbered ‘279’ in ink at the top. Dawson Turner has added the year ‘1788’ in pencil. The sheet has been trimmed. In the original some words are abbreviated by superior letters. In the transcript the missing letters have been supplied in square brackets. Fossil thorn ('y') has been replaced by 'th' in square brackets.

Letter from Sir John D’Oyly to Messrs P. Clarke

Park Lane, (London).—Is unable to comply with their wishes, as he is exercising his interest in favour of Lieutenant Hardy.



Park Lane, 20 Decr 1790


I have been favored with your Letter of the 18th, & beg Leave to assure You that it will at all times give me Pleasure to be able to forward your Wishes—

On the present Occasion it would be deceiving You to give You any Hopes—All the Interest I could make has been employed in Favor of Lieutenant Hardy whose long standing in the Navy & gallant Services, have deserved the Notice of his Country as much as the Service his Family have done to our Cause entitles him to our warmest Support; {1} yet I am still doubtful of Success.

The Claims which this young Man has on me, have superceded even the Ties of the nearest Connection, & have induced me to prefer his Interest even to that of my Brother in law Lieutenant P.. Rochfort, who is still an older Officer.

I am, | Gentlemen, | Your most obedient Servant,
J H D’Oyly

Messrs P. Clarke
Jr {2} Portmen of the | Corporation of Ipswich


Dawson Turner has added at the foot in pencil, ‘Sir John Hadley D’Oyley† M P for Ipswich’.

{1} Or a comma. There is a hole in the paper here.

{2} Indistinct.

† Sic.

Diary and account book belonging to Thomas Hebbes

Diary entries and accounts kept by a student in his last year at Trinity College, Cambridge in a printed diary for 1753 altered to the later date the diary started in February 1755 and continuing on through the beginning of February 1756 when Hebbes left Trinity for Kensington. Hebbes records academic activities: declaiming in Chapel, presenting an epistle to the Master of Trinity Dr Smith, and paying the Moderator's man for huddling before being examined by Mr Howkins, and then by two moderators, and four fathers in the 'theatre'. His accounts record purchases of food, a subscription to Dockrell's Coffee House, and a variety of miscellaneous items: a new wig, repairs to his watch, Christmas boxes, as well as expenses relating to trips to London, Saffron Walden, Royston, Chesterton, and Stourbridge Fair. He records money won and lost at cards and bowls, and money given to the poor. He mentions selling books, makes payments to the Junior Proctor, Beadle, Head Lecturer and Senior Bursar, and buys a bachelor's gown, and wine and port for the 'Batchelor's table' before taking his degree. The diary also appears to have been used for handwriting practice by Ellen Hebbes and possibly other Hebbes children.

Hebbes, Thomas (c 1733-1766), clergyman

Letter from Michael Rysbrack to Sir Edward Littleton

London, Vere Street, 'near Oxford Chappel'. Sent to Sir Edward Littleton at Fedgeley [Teddesley?] Coppice, Staffordshire. - Apologises for not finishing any more busts. Has had to finish the statue of the Duke of Somerset and some other things to keep his men at work. Has finished four busts for Littleton: Milton; Sir Isaac Newton; Locke; and Bacon; now promises to begin that of Sir Walter Raleigh. Describes work and reason for delays.

Has called on Mr Wilson to see the portrait of Littleton's wife, as Littleton desired, and likes it very much. Ends with wishes for good health of both Littletons.

Rysbrack, John Michael (1694–1770), sculptor

Bound poetry miscellany, "Poems on several Occasions, March 16th 1780"

Bound volume of 56 poems in different hands with a manuscript title page identifying Charles Boddam as a member of Trinity College Cambridge. Includes poems by [Arnaud?] Berquin, [Christopher?] Butson, [Charles?] Emily ["Verses given up in Trin: Coll Hall Cambridge on the Commemoration Day"], the Hon. Charles Feilding, Charles Fox, [David] Garrick, Dr [John?] Langhorne, Lord Lyttelton, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, [Thomas?] Tickell, Thomas Warton, and Portia Young ["On a Woman of the town who was found dead in the fields"].

Boddam, Charles (1762-1811), Indian civil servant and translator

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