Manuscript of the 'Memoirs of Sir Henry Slingsby From 1638 to 1648', which was used by Sir Walter Scott in his edition of 'Original memoirs, written during the Great Civil War: being the life of Sir Henry Slingsby, and memoirs of Capt. Hodgson. With notes. &c'. Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS.23621

Dates

  • Late 18th century-[1806 or before.] (Creation)

Extents

  • 37 Leaves (Whole)

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Notes

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's 14 December 1993, lot 518.

  • Custodial History

    The signature dated 1801 of Archibald Constable, who published the work, is at folio i and his note also dated 1801, recording Joseph Ritson's gift to him of the manuscript, is at folio iii. An engraving of Sir Henry Slingsby, rather more elaborate than that in the printed edition, is at folio ii verso.

    Sold, David Constable's sale, 1828, number 2969;

    Sold, Sotheby's 16 February 1938, lot 1306, to the Clumber Library (cuttings from the sale catalogue are pasted inside the back cover);

    Later the property of Baron Fairfax (whose bookplate, entitled Fairfax of Cameron, is pasted inside the front cover), by whom it was sold at Sotheby's in the sale of the Fairfax Library and Archive, December 1993.

  • Arrangement

    iv + 33 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The text is carefully written in a late eighteenth-century hand (evidence of pricking survives in the outer margins of most of the leaves) and bears marks of Sir Walter Scott's editorial work. The chief alteration to the text is the replacement by Scott of Sir Henry Slingsby's last sentence; otherwise the amendments consist mostly of expansions of contracted words and the introduction of consistency in the use of capitals; the additions are in the form of footnotes, a few of which were not subsequently printed (some others were printed which are not in the manuscript).

  • Bibliography

    Scott, Walter, Sir. 'Original memoirs, written during the Great Civil War: being the life of Sir Henry Slingsby, and memoirs of Capt. Hodgson. With notes. &c' (Edinburgh 1806).

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