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Some letters and documents by, or connected with, Sir Thomas Bodley

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MS. Bodl. 699*
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Some letters and documents by, or connected with, Sir Thomas Bodley, the founder of the Bodleian Library, 1570-1613:

  1. Fol. 7. An English indenture on the marriage of Dr. Olyver Withington and Susanne Barnard, Feb. 23, 1570, attested by Sir Thomas Bodley and others, with seals of Thomas and Daniel Barnard, bought on Oct. 25, 1902
  2. Fols. 9, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 44, 47, 50. Nine Latin letters from the university of Oxford, about 1571-6, stated to be in Bodley's hand
  3. Fols. 12, 15, 18, 22, 68. Drafts of five Latin letters from Bodley, Nov. 30, 1571, Sept. 30, 1574, Sept. 13, 1574, n.d., and about 1575-80
  4. Fol. 25. Drafts of four Latin letters from Merton college, Oct. 13, (1574?)
  5. Fol. 61. 'Capita mandatorum ex quorum formula Tho. Bodleius ... cum illustrissimo Duce Julio Brunsuicensi est acturus' (1585?), cf. 65
  6. Fol. 73. French letter, Apr. 11, 1589, signed by Sir T. Bodley
  7. Fols. 79, 87, 90, 97, 100. Five Latin letters from the university to sir T. Bodley, July 6, 1602, about 1604-5 (two), Oct. 30, 1609 (?), 1610 (?)
  8. Fol. 84. Latin letter from Richard Wilks to the same, after April 1604
  9. Fols. 104, 107. Two Latin letters from John Budden to the same, April 1, 1610, and n.d.
  10. Fols. 110, 114. A Latin and an English letter from L (aurence) B (odley) to Sir T. Bodley, about 1611, and Feb. 17, 1613
  11. Fol. 118. A Latin letter from John Bodley to Sir Thomas Bodley, n.d. Most of the volume is blank paper
  12. Fols. 9, 25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 44, 50, 65, 107 were at one time part of no. 29080 and presented by mr. John Mullings in 1874, while fols. 15, 104, 110-1 were given by the same donor in 1897 (see no. 32444)

Additions (fols. 121-9) Papers of or concerning Sir Thomas Bodley, including:

  1. Fols. 121-2. letter in Latin from Bodley to Christiaan Huygens [1607], see BQR, 5 (1926-9), 273-6
  2. Fols. 126-9. letter in Italian from Bodley to Huygens, n.d., with a 19th-cent. transcript, see BQR, 6 (1929-31), 45


  • Creation: Written in A.D. 1570-1613 chiefly by sir T. Bodley


130 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

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MS. Bodl. 699*

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20352


Some letters and documents by, or connected with, Sir Thomas Bodley

Biographical / Historical

Sir Thomas Bodley (1645-1613) was a diplomat and a scholar.

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. V, no. 30432

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by The Bodleian Library in 1890.

Additions: Acquired, 1928-30.

Physical Facet

On paper


14 3/8 × 11 3/4 in.

Some letters and documents by, or connected with, Sir Thomas Bodley
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Weston Library
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