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R./18.15/4 · Pièce · [19th cent.]
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Accompanied by a list by Isaac Todhunter of poetry not in Whewell's handwriting or not identified as written by him. Includes printed poems, a clipping headed "For the Lancaster Gazette. Melancholy", another poem tentatively identified by Todhunter as by Martha Statter, beginning "We wish thee joy as pure and bright", a poem headed "Darwin on Species", with other poems, and riddles, including a rhyming "Imaginary conversation between a Freshman & Messrs. Herschell & Whewell". Two of the riddles carry later initials in pencil C. W., Cordelia Whewell? A copy of a poem by Jakob Lenz, "Die Liebe auf dem Lande" may have originally accompanied a letter from Eduard Wilke dated 31 Mar. 1853 [Add.MS.a.81/415].

R./2.40A · Collection · 1798–1970
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

This is a small collection of items relating to Lord Byron, comprising six letters from him to Henry Drury, one to Edward Trelawny, and a bill of lading for the shipping of his property in Italy, together with various papers relating to their deposit at Trinity.

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R./2.40A/18 · Pièce · 3 July 1912
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, S.W.—Sends the letter mentioned in his previous letter (R.2.40A/17), with a donor’s card from his wife.



Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, S.W.
3rd. July 1912.

Dear McLeod Innes.

Its fortunate for me that you are not away like the rest of the world—stupid of me not to remember the vacation!

I enclose the letter which I hope you will think worthy of its destination

My wife is not sure if she sent a donor’s card with the cap; so I enclose one, as its use will gratify her, and it will serve for both.

Yours sincerely,
C. F. Call

Letter from William Whewell
R./2.99/31 · Pièce · 9 Dec. 1827
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

WW is sorry he has taken so long in replying to JHR's letter, and has dealt with his request concerning the manuscript in the library. WW does 'not think I can tell you anything very distinct with respect to the counsels which you have in common with Hare [Julius Hare]'. WW has read 'Bretschneider's book against you, and would have sent it you if I had not thought it likely to fail of reaching you. I did not think it very formidable for you, but I think one may feel some indulgence for those persons who never having looked on Christianity in the light in which we look upon it, do not feel, and cannot comprehend, the horror with which their views are received'. WW thanks HJR for his positive comments concerning his sermons: 'I seem to myself to have got a perception of one or two truths, which, if I can make other people also perceive, I am sure it will do them good'.

R./2.40A/17 · Pièce · 28 June 1912
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, S.W.—He and his wife propose to present to the College a letter from Byron to Trelawny (R.2.40A/10), to be put with the cap sent four years earlier.

(The cap is still in the College’s possession.)



Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, S.W.
June 28th. 1912 {1}

My dear Innes,

Do you remember four years ago prevailing on the Master to take charge of the Cap worn by Lord Byron?

My wife and I think the College might like to possess and place with it, a characteristic letter from the poet to Trelawny.

I hope all is well with you & yours, our kind regards to Mrs. Innes

I have not forgotten having tea with her on the bowling alley green

Yours sincerely,
C. F. Call


McLeod Innes has written at the top, ‘Ans[were]d 1.vii.12 | confident College delighted’, and another person has added in pencil, ‘Col. Call’s gift’.

R./2.40A/16 · Pièce · 9 Nov. 1970
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Trinity College, Cambridge.—Sends two letters relating to a letter of Byron given to the College in 1912 (R.2.40A/10).



Dr J. R. G. Bradfield, Senior Bursar, Telephone 58201
Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ

9 November, 1970

P. Gaskell, Esq.,
Trinity College,

Dear Pip,

1912 Gift of a letter of Lord Byron

In the course of {1} reorganization of various old records we came across two letter relating to the above. They are enclosed herewith. Please keep them if you wish, but otherwise destroy.

Yours sincerely,
JB {2}


Typed, except the initials and a correction.

{1} ‘In the course of’ above ‘Continuing’, struck through.

{2} The initials are indistinct.

R./2.40A/15 · Pièce · 19 May 1932
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

(The envelope bears the printed words ‘On His Britannic Majesty’s Service’, and is labelled ‘Bill of Lading | for Lord Byrons Furniture | Ref. F.O. Desp. No 9. (L2523/43/402) | 19/5/32.’ This is presumably the envelope in which the bill was sent from Venice.)

Bill of lading
R./2.40A/14 · Pièce · 26 Jan. 1820
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Venice.—Certifies that R. B. Hoppner, the British Consul, has embarked, on Lord Byron’s account, certain goods aboard the Divina Providenza, bound for Ravenna.

R./2.40A/13 · Pièce · July 1932
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

(It is unclear whether this accompanied the bill of lading from Venice, or whether it was made in England by Gaselee himself or someone else.)



Venice, January 26th, 1820.

Embarked, in the name of God and under good auspices, one {1} and for all in this port of Venice by Mr. Richard Belgrave Hoppner, His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for account of Signor Milord Bajron, in the hold of the sailing ship named Divina Provvidenza, owner Francesco Ceolin, Austrian, to convey and consign in this present voyage, to the said Signor Milord Bajron the undermentioned and numbered goods, dry, entire, and well conditioned and of the numbers stated: and so the said Master promises to consign them on his safe arrival; and as freight there shall be paid to him in all eighteen Roman crowns, Crowns 18, and in proof thereof this, together with other similar (copies) shall be signed by the said Master, and if he shall be unable to write, a third person shall write for him, and only drawn up, the others being of no value.

No. 4 Mattresses, with 3 pillows and bolster.
” 1 Small padded bed cover.
(a) 2 Empty mattress cases.
(b) 4 Comodes—packed in matting
2 Footstools
1 Basket with various effects, covered in cloth.
1 Valise.
1 Bundle containing a bracket and other effects packed in matting.
1 Dining-room table.
1 Small table.
1 Filter.
4 Cases of printed books.
1 Case containing a plaster Statue.
(c) 1 Sofa of cherry wood.
4 Cushions for the above.
(d) 16 Small walnut chairs.
6 Small straw-seated arm chairs.
1 Caldron containing various effects.
2 Small wooden dog-kennels.
1 Bath tub.
(e) 1 Package containing a double bed and a small child’s bed, taken to pieces.

Lodovico Barbaglia,
for the Master Franco Ceolin as witness.


(a). It was usual at that time to stuff mattress cases with straw—hence the word “Pagliazzo”—(paglia—straw)—presumably the servants’ mattresses.

(b). Como stiorati—the latter word is probably derived from stiora or mat, and possibly they were cov-ered in matting. “Stiorati” a term which is used locally for “inlaid”.

(c). Sofa di Cevesar—this word is evidently Cereser—or the local dialect for cherrywood.

(d). “Careghe”, diminutive “Careghino”—Venetian for a chair.

(e). “Cocchietta”—mispelt† for “cocetta”—double bed. “Putello”—Venetian for child.


1 single sheet.

{1} A slip for ‘once’?

{2} ‘aj’ possibly typed over other letters.

† Sic.

R./2.40A/12 · Pièce · 21 July 1932
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Foreign Office, S.W.1.—Presents to Trinity College a bill of lading for the shipping of Lord Byron’s furniture, discovered among the archives of the British Consul at Venice.



21st July, 1932.

L 3720/43/402.

My dear Gow,

Our Consul at Venice has recently been engaged in sorting out old archives, and has been sending home to us a mass of expired passports, ships’ articles or crew lists, and a collection of copies of Bills of Lading dated between 1817 and 1823.

Among these latter there is one of some historical interest, as it covers the furniture sent by Byron from Venice to Ravenna in January, 1820. I think he had himself returned to Ravenna shortly before Christmas, 1819, and had these things sent after him.

I have been authorised to dispose this document where it will be appreciated and preserved with care, and after considering the British Museum, Harrow and Trinity, I think that you are the most suitable people to {1} have it, if you want it.

I enclose a translation of it so that you may see its nature {3}. I think the last item the “small child’s bed” is rather pathetic as it doubtless belonged to little Allegra, who had been ill just before they left Venice.

I do not know whether you will find it necessary to consult anybody else before accepting this offer. I presume your Council does not meet in the long vacation, nor your Library Committee, but you can doubtless speak to the Master or Vice-Master about it, and if you tell me that you would like it, I will send it by registered post or bring it with me some week-end when I come to Cambridge.

Yours ever,
Stephen Gaselee

Andrew Gow, Esq. {2}

I feel that if it went to Harrow it might set the boys asking “But why did the poet go from Venice to Ravenna?”


Typed, except the signature and the postscript.

{1} Typed as a catchword at the foot of the first page and repeated at the beginning of the next.

{2} Typed at the foot of the first page.

{3} It is unclear whether the translation accompanied the bill from Venice, or whether it was made in England by Gaselee himself or someone else.

R./2.40A/9 · Pièce · 26 July 1813
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

(The date is that of the superscription, the direction being ‘Hon[ora]ble | Mrs Byron | Pelham Street | Nottingham’. The note ‘In same case as 1st letter’ has been written on the back in pencil. For the significance of this note see the Archival History of this collection.)

R./2.40A/1 · Pièce · 20 Dec. 1902
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Trinity Lodge, Cambridge.—Encloses six letters (2–7) written by Lord Byron to Henry Drury, which have been bequeathed to the college by the son of the recipient.



Trinity Lodge, Cambridge
Dec. 20. 1902

My dear Vice-Master,

On Thursday last {1} I had a visit of some hours from Mr L. M. Stewart, nephew and executor of the late Mr “Ben Drury,” of Caius {2}.

He read to me the enclosed letters of Byron to Mr Drury’s father, “Old Harry” as he was called at Harrow, a Son of Dr Joseph Drury the Head Master.

He left out one sentence in one letter about the Turks, which he told me was disgusting {3}, and I have not seen it.

The letters date between 1807 {4}, when the Hours of Idleness were published, and 1815 soon after Byron’s Marriage.

As there are numerous references to my Father, it may be well just to point out that my Father succeeded Dr Drury at Easter, 1805, and that Byron left the School that summer, i.e. I suppose, at the end of July. Consequently, their relation as Master and Pupil lasted only some 12, 13, or 14 weeks. How a reconciliation came about, and how the “gold pen” was given, I do not know, but our family tradition vouches for both facts, to say nothing of Moore’s Biography.

You will observe that the letter of 1810, in wh. the {5} reference to the “gold pen” occurs, describes the famous swim from Sestos to Abydos, and adds—what I had either not known or forgotten—that the swimmer had made a previous attempt which failed.

May I ask you and Dr Sinker kindly to take Charge of the letters, which Mr Benjamin Drury bequeathed to our Library, and to consider where and in what form they may best be kept. The fact that they are a bequest should be specially recorded.

Perhaps it might also be recorded that Dr Joseph Drury, the Grandfather of the Testator, was himself a Trinity man. His Son, “Old Harry,” to whom Byron wrote the letters, was at Eton and King’s.

I am, my dear Vice-Master,

Most truly yours
H. Montagu Butler


2 folded sheets.

{1} The 18th.

{2} Benjamin Drury’s sister Emily (1813–1902) married Stewart’s father, Lestock Wilson Stewart (1824–1876), an army doctor, in India in 1852.

{3} See the letter of 3 May 1810 (R.2.40A/4). Stewart may well have omitted more than one sentence.

{4} The earliest of the letters (R.2.40A/2) in fact dates from 13 January 1808, but it was misdated 1807.

{5} ‘1810’ struck through.

R./18.14/84 · Pièce · [19th cent.]
Fait partie de Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Includes articles about hexameters and Philarète Chasles' remarks (with Whewell's reply) in complete issues of The Athenaeum (no. 1121, 21 Apr. 1849, no. 1124, 12 May 1849, part of no. 1125, 19 May 1849), with 5 cuttings from literary papers of poetry, three of them translations of Goethe, with comments and revisions by Whewell in ink, and a proof of an article for The Press 12 Apr. 1862 by J. S. Blackie disagreeing with Whewell and John Gibson Lockhart about the utility of a translation of Homer in English hexameter; a privately printed set of "Dargle Verses" by William Rowan Hamilton in 1854, an offprint of H. A. J. Munro's On a metrical Latin inscription" in 1861, both bearing the author's inscriptions, and an issue of Punch*, no. 559, vol. 22, 27 Mar. 1852 featuring "The Death of the Sea-Serpent" by Publius Jonathan Virgilius Jefferson Smith".

Manuscripts in Wren Class R
R. · Fonds · 16th-20th c.

Class R is the Wren Library repository of manuscripts for all those works which could not be classed as theological. As a consequence, the class is a miscellaneous assortment representing many fields, particularly history, poetry, philosophy, law, natural science, medicine, and music. The contents of Class R were described in 1901 by M. R. James in the preface to volume II of his catalogue of Western manuscripts in Trinity College Library, which may be viewed online: A searchable version of the James catalogue may be found online:

The manuscripts listed in this catalogue are those modern manuscripts in R with strong connections to materials housed elsewhere in the library, particularly in Additional Manuscripts. Where James did not provide a description in his catalogue, a description has been provided. Where the James catalogue entry is detailed, a pointer record has been created in this catalogue to highlight the entry in the James catalogue. It should be noted that there are gaps in the numbering scheme of items on the shelves, and that the cataloguing of these materials is a work in progress.

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