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'Memorialls & Remaines containing the Life & Death of my deare Sonne John Freind...'

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MS. Top. Oxon f. 31
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'Memorialls & Remaines containing the Life & Death of my deare Sonne John Freind, who deceased at Oxford, Mar. 20th 1672/73 ... by mee Nathaniell Freind' of Westerleigh near Bristol:

  1. Preceded by memoirs of the writer's mother, Elizabeth Freind (p. xxvii); his daughter, Sarah (p. xxix); and his brother, John Freind (p. xliii)
  2. The 'memorialls' (p. 1) are an account of the life and death of John Freind, who matriculated at St. Edmund's Hall, March 26th, 1672, and died there on March 20th, 1672/3, illustrated by the correspondence which passed between him and his father
  3. Most of John Freind's letters are in Latin and have English translations appended
  4. At p. 227 is the Latin funeral oration delivered over John Freind by John Barrow of St. Edmund's hall, and at p. 278 are several elegies in Latin and in English upon his death
  5. These are followed by the 'Remaines of ... John Freind' (p. 305), viz. some sets of English and Latin verses and some Latin exercises in prose and verse written by him at Oxford, also his letters written from school at Bristol in 1668-9, his accounts of expenses at college, and further biographical notes by his father


  • Creation: Written about 1675-1678 by Nathaniel Freind


372 pages

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

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MS. Top. Oxon f. 31

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19721


'Memorialls & Remaines containing the Life & Death of my deare Sonne John Freind...'

Biographical / Historical

John Freind (d 1673) was a student of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

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. VI, no. 35756

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly in the possession of mr. Kerslake, bookseller of Park Street, Bristol, from whose son-in-law, J. E. Cornish, bookseller of 16 St. Ann Square, Manchester, it was purchased Oct. 23, 1912.

Physical Facet

On paper


6 1/4 × 4 in.

'Memorialls & Remaines containing the Life & Death of my deare Sonne John Freind...'
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