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Volume of copies by John Wallis of political correspondence deciphered by him for the government

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MS. Eng. misc. c. 382

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Volume of copies by John Wallis of political correspondence deciphered by him for the government, with keys to the ciphers used, 1669-70, 1688-95, 1702-3. Most of the correspondence is between French ambassadors or other officials abroad and Louis XIV and French Secretaries of State, or from Jacobites. At fol. iii is an account by Wallis of his experience of deciphering letters, 17 March 1703, and at fol. iv his advice to the printer 'if these deciphered letters come to be printed'.

Dates

  • 1669-1703

Extent

352 Leaves

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. c. 382, fols. 1-2]
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Shelfmark:

MS. Eng. misc. c. 382

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9766

Overview

Volume of copies by John Wallis of political correspondence deciphered by him for the government

Biographical / Historical

John Wallis (1616-1703) was an English mathematician and crytographer.

Custodial History

Bookplate of Andrew Gifford, to whom William Wallis disposed of some of his great great grandfather's manuscripts in 1784; numbered in 18th-cent. hands 'No. 4. Dr. Wallis's MSS' and (on the bookplate) 'N 28'; bookplate of Bristol Baptist College Library, shelfmark Z. c. 6.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from Bristol Baptist College, 1962.

Related Materials

Many of the originals or the copies, sent to Wallis, are BL, Add. MS. 32499, nos. 12-13, 15-18, 20-2, 24-7, 31-4.

Physical Facet

Uncovered boards, edged with strips of parchment including fragments of deeds, rebacked with vellum
Title
Volume of copies by John Wallis of political correspondence deciphered by him for the government
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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