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Commonplace book of Thomas Hughes of Trinity College, Oxford

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MS. Eng. d. 3615
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The volume comprises entries of prose, poetry, and transcripts of Latin speeches, written in several hands, on separate gatherings stitched together. There is a modern binding, the original volume having paper wrap with a title 'MSS. 1680'. The entries include

  1. (fols. 5v-7r) Two poems by Thomas Hughes dedicated to James Duke of Ormond, dated 28 Nov. 1672 and 12 Dec. 1672, respectively
  2. (fols. 10-20) Two Latin orations delivered at the Theatre Oxoniensis
  3. (fols. 38-49) Latin life of Horace in a secretary hand, signed by Thomas Hughes
  4. (fols. 52-3) 'An Elegie on the much deplored & lamented deaths of Mr Robert Yates & his daughter killed both with a fall of a horse into a quarry on Xt mass-eve. December 24 1670'
  5. (fols. 56v-62) An English language play of part of the Medea legend
  6. (fols. 68v-71) An English translation of Juvenal's first Satyr by Thomas Hughes
  7. (fols. 74-5) Listing of misconceptions about various groups in the writings of Classical authors (entitled 'Out of a book called unheard of curiosityes') paraphrased from Jacques Gaffarel, Vnheard-of curiosities (London, 1650)
  8. (fols. 86v-7) Theological notes taken on John Bramhall, An answer to Monsieur de la Militiere his impertinent dedication of his imaginary triumph (Hague, 1653)
  9. (fols. 94-5) 'Some poems out of a manuscript of Mr Thorpe', possibly written by John Thorpe, fellow at Queen's College, Cambridge from 1619-30
  10. (fols. 96-8) 'A collection of poems out of a manuscript of Dr Dales.'
  11. (fols. 100-107r) 'Some witty expressions' taken from James Howell, Epistolae Ho-elianae
  12. (fols. 109b-116r) 'Out of the three months' observations of Holland & low countrys' from Owen Felltham, Three moneths observations of the Low-Countreyes, (London, 1652)
  13. (fols. 116-17) Etymology and trivia about various cooking ingredients entitled 'Dyets Dry Dinner', paraphrased from Henry Butts, Dyets dry dinner (London, 1599)
  14. (fols. 117v-118) 'Fullers Andronicus' paraphrased from either Andronicus, a tragedy or Andronicus, or, The unfortunate politician, both by Thomas Fuller.
  15. (fols. 119-141r) 'Notes took out of [Thomas] Fullers worthyes' from Thomas Fuller, History of the worthies of England (London, [1662])
  16. (fol. 151) Notes on the derivation of words from Henry Peacham, The art of drawing with the pen
  17. (fol. 154v) Notes of John Marston, Parasitaster, or The Fawn (London, 1606)
  18. (fols. 155-7) A collection of epitaphs in Burford Churchyard, including (fol. 156v) one for David Lloyd alias Hughes (d. 1648), apparently Thomas Hughes's uncle
  19. (fols. 159-61) 'out of a Book called old things & new' paraphrased from John Spencer, comp., Kaina kai palaia : things new and old (London, 1658)
  20. (fols. 163r) Meditations probably upon The conduct and character of Count Nicholas Serini (London, 1664)
  21. (fols. 163v-164) Notes on William Winstanley, New help to discourse
  22. (fols. 171-2) Notes on Thomas Browne, Religio medici
  23. (fols. 173-4) Notes on one of the works of Polydore Vergil
  24. (fol. 175r) 'Some notes out of Dr Heylins first Journey into F[rance]' by Peter Heylyn
  25. (fol. 175v) A chronology of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, beginning with the foundation of Oxford by King Alfred in 872
  26. (fols. 176-82) 'A second advice to the Painter' by Sir John Denham
  27. (fols. 176v and 177v) 'Collection out of Sr Ch. Sidleys Mulbery Garden' by Sir Charles Sedley
  28. (fols. 193-6) Written in a different hand, a satirical poem on the Commonwealth in the form of booksellers' lists of fictitious titles for sale in 'Little Britain' (entitled 'Bibliotheca Parliamenti...') and a baudy poem lampooning Presbyterianism (entitled 'The Four-legg'd Elder'). The latter by John Birkenhead, to whom the former is also often erroneously ascribed. Copied out of Bibliotheca Parliamenti: libri theologici, politici, historici, qui prostant venales in vico vulgo vocato Little Britain. Part 2 ([London] 1653).


  • Creation: c.1660-1680


205 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 3615, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Eng. d. 3615

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CMD ID 13088


Commonplace book of Thomas Hughes of Trinity College, Oxford.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Hughes, son of Thomas Hughes of Burford, graduate of Trinity College, Oxford, matriculated 4 March 1670, aged 15; B.A. 1673, M.A. (by diploma) 1682; perhaps admon. at Oxford 1 Dec., 1693 (from Foster's Alumni Oxoniensis).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from Mrs V.B. Bunn, Oct. 2003.

Commonplace book of Thomas Hughes of Trinity College, Oxford
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