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Miscellaneous collections made for or by Browne Willis, Written chiefly in about 1710-1750

MS. Willis 48
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Miscellaneous collections made for or by Browne Willis for his Notitia Parliamentaria (1715-50) and for his proposed 'Catalogue of ... the Members of the several Parliaments', of which a printed prospectus is prefixed, dated 1747; roughly arranged in alphabetical order of counties. There are many letters addressed to him about the work, as:

  1. Fol. 8. four from Arthur Onslow the Speaker, 1730-49,
  2. Fol. 17. three from dr. Arthur Charlett, 1712/3-1 4/5
  3. Others from A. Hall, 27 Oct. 1715 (fol. 23)
  4. Roger Gale, 4 July 1730 (fol. 25)
  5. William Cartwright of Aynho, 1 Apr. 1749 (fol. 28)
  6. Several from Michael Peach 1714/5--15 (fol. 171)
  7. Two from dr. Richard Newton, 1715 (fol. 255)
  8. Six from Rich. Forster, 1716 (fol. 339)

There are also original petitions from Dorchester to parliament, 24 June 1604, on parchment but without seal (fol. 229), and from Corfe Castle to sir John Hobart, 10 Mar. 1603/4 (fol. 230), a Scudamore pedigree (fol. 532), 'an ichnographical plan of part of ... Hasting ...', 1734, by S. Cant (fol. 433), etc.


  • Creation: Written chiefly in about 1710-1750


476 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin


MS. Willis 48

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. III, no. 16341

Custodial History

Mark by which the Collection was referred to until about A.D. 1870: fol. 48

Physical Facet

On paper


13 3/8 × 8 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom