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A collection of original papers relative to the Siege of Oxford, etc.

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MS. Add. D. 114
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'A collection of original papers relative to the Siege of Oxford, etc. The chief manuscript pieces are:

  1. (fol. 5). Contemporary copy of a royal letter appointing a commission to form a magazine of stores in Oxford, May 15, 1643, cf. fols. 94-9;
  2. (fol. 10). Contemporary copy of a royal letter, appointing overseers to urge on the work of the city fortifications, May 15, 1643 (cf. fol. 29, June 21), followed by several interesting papers about houses to be pulled down (May 22), list of persons to take the number of inhabitants of each parish (June 5), with the returns made (June 7), the parishes and colleges which undertook each day (June 20), defaulters and number of workers of St. Aldate's (June 14-July 28), a Commissioners' order for a further census (Jan. 13, 1643/4), with the return from the same parish (Jan. 23), the taxes to be raised for the purpose of fortifying the city (fol. 50), letter from Henry Rowe a collector of the taxes (fol. 52), audited accounts of receipts on this account, Apr. 22 and June 28, 1644, notes of college halls, etc., which could be used for storage, proclamation about working, etc.;
  3. (fol. 89). List of persons to take care of 'infected persons';
  4. (fol. 92). Notes of military stores;
  5. (fol. 109). A letter from sir Thomas Glemham to the Privy Council disclaiming all share in the treaty for the surrender of Oxford, May 16, 1646, with a copy of the officers' declaration to the same effect, May 17, etc.;
  6. (fol. 112). 'Articles to bee propounded and treated vpon touching the rendring of the Garrison of Oxon̄.' May 22, 1646, etc.;
  7. (fol. 126). Papers about the surrender of Exeter to prince Maurice, Sept. 5, 1643, and to sir T. Fairfax, April 8, 1646;
  8. (fol. 131). List of ordnance, 'Retorned into his Mates Stores at Newe Colledge from the Westerne serv[ice?]': 'presented to the Bodleian Libr: by Mr [Edw.] Peacock of Bottesford Manor, Brigg, Lincolnshire, May 2, 1866';
  9. (fol. 134). Payments by a citizen for public purposes, Sept. 26, 1645-June 18, 1646;
  10. (fol. 138). 'A Declaracion inhibiting any violence to be comitted in this garrison ... May 28, 1646;
  11. (fol. 142). Copy of an order of Parliament that no quarter be given to Irishmen or Papists born in Ireland taken fighting against the Parliament, Oct. 24, 1644 (injured);
  12. (fol. 148). Letter from the earl of Essex, with autograph signature, to prince Rupert about a massacre by the latter of English protestants, April 4, 1645: art. k was originally an enclosure in this letter;
  13. (fol. 154). Rupert's reply, with autograph signature, etc., April 15, 1645 (injured);
  14. (fol. 160). Order for the observance of the Sabbath, Oxford, May 14, 1645;
  15. (fol. 164). 'Order for the obseruance and execution of the Statute ... [relating to] persons infected with the plague', May 12, 1645;
  16. (fol. 170). Copy of a 'Proclamation for the better secureinge of the Marketts at Oxford, and the safe passage of Trauellers vnto and from that Citty', Jan. 18, 1644/5, made by mr. H. Harper from an original found in about 1883 in the roof of mr. Holliday's house in the High St., Oxford, and now in private hands.

It was signed by the king and was to be sent to press, but circumstances prevented the printing.

Mr. Hamper's letter of presentation (Dec. 10, 1825) is at fol. 1.


  • Creation: written chiefly in 1643-1646 at Oxford


179 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. D. 114, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. D. 114

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18550


A collection of original papers relative to the Siege of Oxford, etc., written chiefly in 1643-1646 at Oxford.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Thomas Glemham (1595–1649) was a royalist army officer.

Robert Devereux, third earl of Essex (1591–1646) was a parliamentarian army officer.

Rupert, prince and count palatine of the Rhine and duke of Cumberland (1619–1682) was a royalist army and naval officer.

William Hamper (1776–1831) was an antiquary.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 28189.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented to the Bodleian Library by Wm. Hamper, F.S.A., of Birmingham, Dec. 10, 1825': these are both in manuscript and printed.

Art. 8 (List of ordnance at Oxford) was presented by mr. E. Peacock on May 2, 1866.

Arts. 10-15 were inserted in the volume in 1883, having been privately purchased shortly before 1880.

Physical Facet

On paper


15 1/8 × 10 in.

A collection of original papers relative to the Siege of Oxford, etc.
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