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Commonplace book of religious passages

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MS. 12617
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Commonplace book of religious passages, predominantly about death, and largely dating from the 1830s and 1840s. The body of the text starts at the opposite the opposite end of the volume from the older front cover inscribed by Ann Houghton and Miss C Ovenden, and contains references to 'Grandfather Ovenden' and to St. Peter's [Methodist] Chapel in Canterbury, 1848.


  • Creation: 1787-1848


1 box (1 volume)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12617].

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MS. 12617

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12617


Commonplace book of religious passages.

Biographical / Historical

The name 'Ann Houghton', and large initials A.H. appear on what must have once been the front cover (now the back of the volume as reused), and on the inside of this cover is written 'Ann Houghton', with the date 12 Nov 1787. The name 'Miss C. Ovenden' is written in another hand, and a further date of 1833. There appears to be nothing in the volume dating from before 1833, so it is most likely that Miss C Ovenden compiled most of the contents of the manuscript.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volume was donated to a library sale in Canada and was found to have a Bodleian Library stamp. No authoritative record of its original acquisition has been found, but it was restored to the Bodleian in 2017 on the basis of the stamp.

Catalogue of a commonplace book of religious passages
Meg Woodward
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom