Letters to and from Ralph Palmer and his Son
- Letters to and from Ralph Palmer and his son of the same name, collected by the latter;
- 18th-century binding for the collection, now removed and kept separately.
- Creation: c.1690-1736 and n.d. [mid-18th century]
2 boxes (1.6 linear metres)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. lett. c. 438, fols. 1-2].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Eng. lett. c. 438, d. 409
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 13307
Letters to and from Ralph Palmer and his son of the same name, collected by the latter.
Biographical / Historical
Ralph Palmer (d. 1716) of Chelsea, was a barrister of the Middle Temple. Ralph Palmer (1670-1736) was his son.
Other Finding Aids
Calendared by the Historical Manuscripts Commission in 1877: see HMC, Sixth report of the royal commission on historical manuscripts (1877-1878), appendix, pp.390-395.
There is an inscription erased from the fly leaf, probably 'Bibliotheca Palmerina'; there is also the armorial bookplate of the Verney family (the 1st Earl was grandson of Ralph Palmer the elder), probably that of Ralph, 2nd Earl Verney. The volume was owned by Sir Henry Ingilby, Bart., during the 19th century.
Between 1877, when the manuscript was calendared by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, and 1977, when the volume was sold at Sotheby's, some of the contents were dispersed. For example, many of the letters of Jonathan Richardson calendared in 1877 are no longer in the volume.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased, Sotheby's, 4 Apr 1977, lot 259.
- Letters to and from Ralph Palmer and his Son
- Collection Level Description by Susan Thomas. EAD version 2022 by Simon Mackley.
- EAD version 2022.
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