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Holograph collections of Sir William Haward

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MS. Don. b. 8
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Holograph collections of Sir William Haward, mainly relating to the political and literary history of the reign of Charles II to 1681, compiled late 1670s to c.1682.

The contents, which are indexed by Haward on pp. 719-21, include his personal collections, miscellaneous papers, of which many (probably derived from Haward) were printed in Miscellanies historical and philological (London, 1703), documents, and poems by Dryden, Marvell, Rochester, Wild and others.

Many of the papers in the volume were printed as broadsheets, or in collections of later date, including the various collections of State Poems 1683-1707, and Somers tracts. Verse in Crum.


  • Creation: c. 1670-1682


738 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. b. 8, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don. b. 8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16756


Holograph collections of Sir William Haward

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Haward (c. 1617-1704) was an English courtier and antiquary.

Custodial History

Owned by Peter Le Neve, whose marginal notes appear throughout; by his wife Frances (signature on pp. v and vii); by her second husband Thomas Martin of Palgrave (signature inside front cover); and by G. Thorn Drury.

The main object of the Friends of the Bodleian, a society founded in 1925, was the provision of an income for the purchase of rare books and manuscripts, supplementary to the amount allocated by the Library from its ordinary funds. Manuscripts bought by the Friends, and, since 1957, by Bodley's American Friends, or given through them, are shelfmarked MS. Don. In this section the abbreviation FOB has been used for the Friends of the Bodleian and BAF for Bodley's American Friends.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from P. J. Dobell and given by Friends of the Bodleian, 1935.

Holograph collections of Sir William Haward
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Weston Library
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