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Papers of Sir Willoughby Aston, including satirical verse, news-letters and correspondence

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MS. Eng. c. 7019
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(fols. 1-2) letter and part of a second letter, from the Earl of Clarendon to the Duke and Duchess of York, advising them to refute the rumours that the Duchess had converted to Roman Catholicism, c.1668. Printed in Harleian Miscellany (ed. T. Park, London, 1808-13), vol. iii, p. 555

(fols. 3-4) news-letter containing general news, Jan. 1672/3

(fol. 5) news-letter about the French victory over the Dutch, June 1672

(fols. 6-7) two copies of the demands of the French King from the Dutch, following his victory, 1672

(fols. 8-28) news-letters sent to Sir Willoughby Aston containing general news from Parliament and reports of the war, 1690-1693

(fols. 29-30) a satire, 'The Schismaticks Grace at a Friday nights Supper'

(fols. 31-42) satirical verse sent to Sir Willoughby Aston and Lady Aston, comprising:

  1. (fols. 31-32) 'The Impartiall trimer', beg. 'sure there are some that see with me the state', addressed to Lady Aston
  2. (fol. 33) 'A True and perfect Relation how a bold Saucey Beadle being upon the Watch on sunday Morning the 26th of february 1670 was kild very fairly by three Dukes', beg. 'Neare Holborn lies a Parke of great renown'
  3. (fol. 34) 'A New Lampoon', beg. 'Send forth (dear Julian) all thy Books'
  4. (fols. 35-41) 'An Essay upon Satyr', beg. 'How dull and how incencible a beast' [by John Sheffield]
  5. (fol. 42) contemporary note on the possible identity of the author of fols. 35-41, mistakenly attributed to John Dryden


  • Creation: late 17th cent.


42 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. c. 7019

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CMD ID 14893


Papers of Sir Willoughby Aston, including satirical verse, news-letters and correspondence

Biographical / Historical

Sir Willoughby Aston (1640-1702) was sheriff of Cheshire.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by the Estate of Henry Graham Pollard, 2000.

Papers of Sir Willoughby Aston
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Weston Library
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