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Verse and plays by John Hoadly


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Verse and plays by Hoadly, with a few poems by others, mainly fair copies, with some holograph copies and alterations. Later pencil notes, mainly in vol. IV, refer to sets of quarto and octavo volumes containing copies of some of the contents, and of other works, in at least twelve volumes (e.g. MSS. Eng. d. 3623, p. 135 '...vol. 3. 4 to. ...', d. 3626, fol. 44, '... 9 th 8 vo Volume of MS. Poetry'). Some of the contents were published in James Dodsley, A collection of poems in six volumes (various editions, late 18th cent). Entries have not yet been added to the card index of Addenda to Margaret Crum, First-line index of English poetry, 1500-1800 : in manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Oxford, 1969). A printed pamphlet by [Benjamin Hoadly], The thoughts of an honest Tory ... (London, 1710) formerly loosely inserted in vol. I, has been tranferred to Rare Books - shelfmark Vet. A4 e. 3616.


  • Creation: 1711-76


0.4 Linear metres (4 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 3623, pp. 189-90].

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MSS. Eng. d. 3623-3626

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 5972


Four volumes containing copies (some holograph) of verse and plays by John Hoadly, mid-18th cent.

Biographical / Historical

John Hoadly (1711-76), poet and dramatist, chaplain to Frederick, Prince of Wales, Master of St. Cross, Winchester, 1760-76. See Dictionary of National Biography.



Custodial History

Armorial bookplate of John Hoadly. Thomas Thorpe, Catalogue of upwards of fourteen hundred manuscripts (London, 1836), item 1307 (Bodleian shelfmark, 2593 e.81, 1836 vol. (item 6)). Bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps; Phillipps MS. 9406. Sotheby's, 19-22 June 1893 (Phillipps sale), lot 303, bought by J.F. Brown for £2.16s [but unsold? - see next entry]; Sotheby's, 27 Apr.-2 May 1903 (Phillipps sale), lot 930, bought by Dobell for £2. 2s. Owned by Samuel John Hoadly (1859-1944), brass-bedstead manufacturer (ex. inf. Sheila Hoadly Barker); bought by Blackwell's from his granddaughter Sheila Hoadly Barker.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Blackwell's, Catalogue B144 (Mar. 2004), item 228, with the help of the Friends of the Bodleian.

Related Materials

A volume in the University of Otago Library, New Zealand, shelfmark ZDU: Eb 1737 H, contains printed and manuscript pieces by Hoadly. See Keith Maslen, 'Dr. Hoadly's "Poems set to music by Dr. Greene"', Studies in Bibliography, 48 (1995), 85-94 and H. Diack Johnstone, 'More on Dr. Hoadly's "Poems set to music by Dr. Greene"', Studies in Bibliography, 50 (1997), 262-71


  • H. Diack Johnstone, 'John Hoadly (1711-76), clergyman poet and playwright', Bodleian Library Record, 18, no. 6 (Oct. 2005), 654-61
  • H. Diack Johnstone, 'Four lost plays recovered: The contrast and other dramatic works of John Hoadly (1711-1776)', The Review of English Studies. New Series, 57, no. 231 (2006), 487-506
  • H. Diack Johnstone, 'New light on John Hoadly and his "Poems set to music by Dr. Greene" ', Studies in Bibliography, 56 (2003-2004) [sic, really 2007], 281-293
Catalogue of verse and plays by John Hoadly, mid-18th cent.
Finding aid prepared by T.D. Rogers
2004; revised 2007
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