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Lambarde’s Twyne

A recent acquisition, from the library of James Stevens Cox: William Lambarde’s copy, with his annotations, of John Twyne’s De rebus Albionicis, Britannicis atque Anglicis (London, 1590).  Beinecke call number: Osborn pa65.

Splendid Mansion, Magnificent Furniture, and Other Effects

An annotated sale catalogue of the posthumous auction of the possessions of the notorious Queen Caroline, a recent addition to the Beinecke collections.

Chins of Mutton with Pickles

MAY. 
First Course

Poultry
; as, roasted Fowls, forc’d.
Fish; as, Jowl of Salmon, boil’d with Smelts, &c.  Carp and Tench stew’d; Collar’d Eel with Crayfish, &c. Roasted Lobsters, Bisque of Shell-fish.
Boil’d Beef, Mutton, Veal, with Greens, Roots, &c.
Calf’s Head.
Breast of Veal ragou’d
Chine of Mutton with Pickles
Neats Tongue and Uider, roasted or boil’d, with Cauliflower or Brocoli, if to be had.
Beans and Bacon.
Pastry; as Boil’d Puddens of several sorts, Chicken or other Pyes.

Second Course.
Venison
; as, Haunch of Venison, Leverets or Fawn roasted, Quarter of Kid, &c.
Poultry; as Turkey-Pouts or Quails, young Ducks, Green Geese, roasted
Fish; as, Collard’d Eels, roasted Lobsters, Prawns, or Cray-fish
Asparagus upon Toasts
Green Pease
Pastry; as, Orangado-pye, Tarts, Custards, Cheese-cakes, Creams, &c.
Fruits; as, Apples, Strawberries, Cherries, &c.

From The Family Magazine in Two Parts (London, 1741), a recent addition to the Beinecke collections.

Calculated for the Entertainment and Instruction of Young Ladies

“Nothing upon earth can be conceived so wretched as poor Chloe: for on the first moment that she suffered herself to reflect on what she had done, she thoroughly repented, and heartily detested herslef for such baseness.  She went directly into the garden, in hopes of meeting Sempronius, in order to throw herself at his feet, confess her treachery, and to beg him never to mention it to Caelia: but now she was conscious her repentance would come too late; and he would despise her, if possible, still more for such a recantation, after her knowledge of what had passed between him and Caelia.”

The further fortunes of Chloe, Caelia, and the adamantine-souled Sempronius can be found in The Little Female Academy (London, 1765), a recent acquisition at the Beinecke.

Acquisitions Digest: Alter und neuer Krieg- und Siegs-Allmanach

A recent acquisition, adding to the Beinecke’s collections of early modern British and European almanacs: a sammelband of 30 late seventeenth-century German almanacs, stitched in a paper wrapper with pages interleaved for manuscript notes.  Beinecke call number: 2010 300.  Below, an almaniacal excerpt, from Swift’s satire; Beinecke call number: Ik Sw55 +708Eb.

April in Gloucester, or, (Almost)This Week in History

“The Day following, Don Philip made his public Entry into the City of Parma, where he was received with the greatest Demonstrations of Joy by all Ranks of People, and was immediately complimented thereupon by the Nobility, the Bishops of Parma and Guastalla, and by a large Body of Merchants.  In the Evening he was entertain’d at Supper by M. d’Umada, in the Palace of Giandemaria; after which his Royal Highness went to the Ducal Palace.  On this Occasion, Illuminations and Rejoicings were made for three Nights successively, and the Cannon of the Castle were fired.  As yet he has made no Alteration in the Government, excepting that he has conferred the Government of Parma upon the Advocate Arceli.”

“STOLEN out of the Stable of Mr. Thomas Baylis, of New-Mills, in the Parish of Stroud, Gloucestershire, on the 12th of March last, between the Hours of Nine at Night and Four the next Morning, a black NAG, about 14 Hands and a half high, with a Star, a white Spot on the Far Hip … Whoever give Notice of the said Nag, (so as he may be had again) or of the Person or Persons that stole the same, (so as he or they may be convicted thereof) shall receive Three Guineas Reward from me, Thomas Baylis.”

“On Thursday an Order was sent to the New-Gaol from the Duke of Newcastle’s Office, for the Discharge of one Mr. Charles Watson, a Rebel Prisoner belonging to the Manchester Regiment, taken at Carlisle.

There are now only two Persons confined in the New-Gaol on account of the late Rebellion, viz. Mac Donald and Mac Gregor.”

“We, the under-written, do hereby Certify, That the Town of Dursley, in the County of Gloucester, is now entirely free from the SMALL-POX, and has been so for some Weeks past.

Charles Wallington, Minister.
George Faithorn, Richard Tippetts, Churchwardens.
John Gethen, Thomas Hughes, Overseers.
Charles Wallington, Apothecary.”

From a recent acquisition of The Gloucester Journal, volume 27, numbers 1391 – 1442. From Tuesday, January 3, 1748-9 to Tuesday December 26, 1749. Printed by R. Raikes, in the Black-Fryars, Gloucester.

The Beinecke has extensive collections of early modern newspapers and gazettes, particularly for Britain.  To browse the catalog, try a search in the “Genre/Form” field of the “Advanced Search”  option in Orbis, the Yale Library online catalog, for “Newspapers-England-17th century” or “Newspapers-England-18th century.”  Some titles include: The Cirencester Flying-Post; The British merchant, or, Commerce preserv’d; Mercurius bifrons, or, The English Janus: the one side true and serious, the other jocular.

Two Recent Acquisitions: The Midshipman’s Library and the Wreck of the Unity

Henry Wright 1

Two recent acquisitions build on Yale’s holdings of early modern British naval and mercantile papers. Above, the inventory of Henry Wright, an early nineteenth century midshipman in the British navy. Wright’s family lived at Brewer’s Hall, Cheshire, their house neighboring the estate of the 12th earl of Derby, who became Wright’s patron. Having joined the navy in 1825, Wright was rated midshipman in 1826, serving in the Mediterranean and West Indies trade until becoming Captain of the schooner Skipjack in 1839. The archive spans the period 1824-1836, consisting primarily of Wright’s correspondence from 1824-1827 and including letters to his father and to his patrons, Lord and Lady Derby.

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Above and below, the list of books which Wright brought with him, including Paul and Virginia, the Vicar of Wakefield, the History of Rome, a Life of Nelson, grammars for Latin, Greek and English, an arithmetic, and Molyneux’s Use of globes.

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Below, photographs from another recent acquisition, the papers of the British cargo ship Unity on its ill-fated voyage to the West Indies in 1782. Below the account books for fitting the Unity, including the cost of insurance, alongside account lines such as the travel charges for apprentices from London to Portsmouth.

Unity 1

Captained by Samuel Hurry, the Unity sailed from Portsmouth for Barbados in April, 1782. Below, some of the ship’s papers, including papers on the ship’s convoy and documents relating to the ship’s salvage and trials after the Unity was stranded and plundered off the coast of Cornwall.

Unity 2

Unity 3
Unity 4

These collections are currently being catalogued, but are open for research. Researchers are welcome to make use of the Beinecke collections, and can find further information on registering as a reader under “Planning your Research Visit” on the Beinecke web-site.