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An elaborate petition from Matthew Bulwer

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MS. Lat. misc. d. 9 (R)
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An elaborate petition from Matthew Bulwer, a schoolboy, to his master, begging him to grant some Christmas holidays. It consists of two prose introductions, and four sets of verses, all in Latin: imperfect at end. The expression 'Cervina Vada' shows that the school was at Hertford, and an acrostic that the master's name was Minors.

A Ralph Minors formerly schoolmaster of Hale's Grammar School at Hertford died about 1720. Some clumsy coloured ornament heads the petition, not quite perfect..


  • Creation: Written about the third quarter of the 17th century, by M. Bulwer at Hertford


1 roll

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Lat. misc. d. 9 (R), fols. 1-2]

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MS. Lat. misc. d. 9 (R)

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20421


An elaborate petition from Matthew Bulwer

Biographical / Historical

Matthew Bulwer (fl. 1650-1675) was a schoolboy.

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. 30570

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in the Gough room, 1889.

Physical Facet

On paper, with some coloured ornament


A roll 14 ft. 6 in. × 8 1/8 in. in 18 pieces, in a cloth box 9 × 2 1/2 squ. in.

An elaborate petition from Matthew Bulwer
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Weston Library
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