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Correspondence and papers of dr. John Wallis

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MS. Add. D. 105
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Correspondence and papers of dr. John Wallis, Savilian professor of Geometry in the University of Oxford, 1649-1703, consisting of eighty-nine letters to him, drafts of letters by him and literary papers of all kinds by him. A full catalogue of them exists in manuscript in the Library; the chief are:

(fol. 8) 'Matters for a Bill in Parliament in behalf of the University of Oxford,' and two draft petitions on academical matters, all about 1658-1660 and by Wallis;

(fol. 12) Two letters by S. B. Chylinski, translator of the Bible into Lithuanian, 1662, in Latin and English;

(fol. 25) Correspondence between Wallis and Henry Oldenburg about a geometrical problem, 1668;

(fol. 38) A letter from Wallis to the hon. Robert Boyle, Dec. 13, 1671, about a 'China [i. e. Chinese] Almanack,' which letter was probably never sent, for it was founu unopened on Dec. 10, 1785, by the writer's great-great-grandson, W. Wallis;

(fol. 41) A letter from Wallis about Charles Morgan of Lincoln college, Oxford, Dec. 11, 1673;

(foll. 66, 79, 103, 103v, 103v) Letters of Wallis on academical subjects:

  1. about the status of Bachelors of Physic, etc., July 18, 1679;
  2. about J. Parkinson's expulsion from Lincoln college, a draft, Sept. 19, 1683;
  3. about the Oxford press, drafts, April 6 (two) and Apr. 9, 1691;

(fol. 70) Draft of a letter by Wallis on Thomas Hobbes, Nov. 30, 1680;

(fol. 133) Part of a sermon by Wallis on Song of Sol. i. 4, found in 1785 as (fol. 38).

There are several papers about Wallis's family and family affairs.


  • Creation: written in 1641-1702, chiefly by J. Wallis, at Oxford


165 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. D. 105, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. D. 105

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CMD ID 19987


Correspondence and papers of dr. John Wallis, written in 1641-1702, chiefly by J. Wallis, at Oxford.

Biographical / Historical

John Wallis (1616–1703) was a mathematician and cryptographer.

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. 29578.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In the Crossley sale, part 2 (June 20, 1885), this volume was lot 3106, and bought for the Library for £8 8s.

Physical Facet

On paper


15 × 10 1/2 in.

Correspondence and papers of dr. John Wallis
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