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Extracts from undated letters and Latin verses by Richard James, Written partly in 1618-1619, by Richard James

MS. James 13
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1. (p. 1) Extracts from undated letters without arrangement written by Richard James to his friends and relatives, as named below (being chiefly members of his own college of Corpus Christi):

  1. Dr. Sebastian Benfield
  2. Thomas Jackson
  3. Nicholas Baylie
  4. Robert Diot
  5. His cousin John Fleming
  6. Matthew Colmar
  7. Bryan Twine
  8. Henry Parry
  9. Joseph Aisgill
  10. John Seller
  11. Anthony White
  12. His cousin Dr. Francis James
  13. His uncle Edward James
  14. Amidaeus Benfield
  15. Thomas Andrews
  16. John Minne
  17. John Streeting
  18. William Neville

See Iter Lancastrense, edited by the rev. William Corser for the Chetham Society (1845), pp. lxvii-lxxiii. Table of contents (p. v) by (?) William Smith of University college.

2. (p. 62) Similar extracts, unaddressed, being chiefly:

  1. P. 62. comments upon texts in the Bible and fathers followed by verses 'in mortem optimi avunculi doctoris Edwardi James nepotis carmen funebre'
  2. Beg. 'Visceribus fecere tuis quid saxa petrarum' (p. 130)
  3. P. 138. an epitaph on Thomas Andrews, M.A., 'cum quo electus fui in societatem C.C.C.'
  4. P. 145. an academical exercise by James as regent master, 'Oratio habita pro more cum primum in Academia inciperem moderari in Augustinensibus' (cp. Clark, Wood's Life and Times, iv. 143)
  5. Followed at p. 151 by a letter to dr. R. Corbet
  6. P. 153. theological notes and comments upon the Fathers
  7. P. 195. a letter to mr. Anthony White


  1. P. 210. Latin verses by Richard James of which the principal are addressed to mr. Thomas Jackson, hence printed in Iter Lanc., p. lxviii, 'ad fratrem suum Guillelmum Gardinerum cum ei dono mitteret Mornaeum de veritate Christianae religionis' (p. 217) and 'in sortes amicarum die Valentini A.D. 1618 in civitate Moscua' (p. 236)
  2. P. 237. an English poem, 'ad capitaneum Davidem Gilbertum Scotum, cum una navigaremus in Dwina flumine', beg. 'Good worthy captaine if I weare so fraught', with other travel notes (1618-19) of James's Russian journey
  3. P. 251. an epitaph upon dr. John Fleming 'qui obit ex consumptione cordis', hence printed in Iter Lanc., p. lxx, followed by English lines 'To mr. Daniel Clutterbooke uppon occasion, keepinge himself a ship boarde in the haven of Archangell in Russia in a Hamborow ship'
  4. P. 256. the degree exercise of Richard James headed 'oppositio in schola theologica, responsore magistro Fortune Cambrobryt' and lines addressed 'ad amicum suum Robertum Tailerum qui nobis miserit picturam Roberti hominis turpissimi'


  • Creation: Written partly in 1618-1619, by Richard James


318 pages

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English


MS. James 13

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol II no. 3850

Physical Facet

On paper


8 3/5 × 6 1/2 in.

Repository Details

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