Autograph manuscripts of dramas and other works of Sir David Erskine. Edit

Summary

Component Unique Identifier
Adv.MS.5.1.16
Level of Description
Item

Dates

  • Early 19th century. (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    ii + 266 folios. Folio and under.

Subjects

Notes

  • Scope and Contents

    (i) Letter, 1811, of Alexander Murray, Professor of Oriental Languages at Edinburgh, to Charles Smith, enclosing translation of a letter of Walda Selasse, Ras of Tigre, to George III. (Folio 1).

    (ii) List of books and manuscripts concerning Egypt. (Folio 2).

    (iii) `Memoirs of Goldoni`, Part I, Chapters 1-5. Written as autobiography. (Folios 3-50).

    (iv) ‘Annals and Antiquities of Jedburgh`, Chapter 1. Apparently intended as a sequel to ‘Annals and Antiquities of Dryburgh’ (Kelso, 1828, 2nd edition 1836). (Folios 51-74).

    (v) Fragment of a biography of St. Paul. (Folios 75-98).

    (vi) Fragment, intended as the epilogue of a book, on the Inquisition. (Folios 99-104).

    (vii) `James I of Scots`, a drama in two acts. There are two almost identical copies; the paper of the first is watermarked 1829. A much fuller version in five acts was published as ‘King James the First of Scotland’ (Kelso, 1827). (Folios 105-128, 129-152).

    (viii) ‘James II, A Melo-Drama` in three acts. A longer version in five acts was published as ‘King James the Second of Scotland’ (Kelso, 1828). (Folios 153-184).

    (ix) `King James the Third of Scotland, An Historical Drama in five acts`. The dedication is dated 1828. (Folios 185-266).

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilms available:

    Mf.Sec.MSS.112;

    Mf.Sec.MSS.758.

  • Related Materials

    Adv.MS.81.1.17: `Miscellaneous manuscripts`, folio 39, for a copy of, and another copy of the translation of, the letter of Walda Selasse, Ras of Tigre, to George III.

    MS.681: `Correspondence between Archibald Constable and Alexander Murray, with other letters dealing with Murray`, folio 350, for a later copy of the translation of the letter in the hand of George Munro.

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