St John's College W.3 (part)

Ralph Tatham, Notebook. English and Latin, before 1857

Ralph Tatham, Master of St John’s College (1778-1857): notebook containing miscellaneous jottings, lists and observations made between c. 1811 and 1817, with papers tipped in dating as late as the 1850s. The contents include lists of ‘books lent’ and other lists of books and notes therefrom on Scriptural matters, notes on College scholarships and personal subscriptions, a list of books relating to St Luke’s Gospel, memorial inscriptions including those for his brother William (Fellow of St John’s, d. 1834), William Platt and John Moore, financial transactions, notes on ‘Sir J[oseph] Littledale’s bequest to the [College] Library’, fragmentary biographical notes, draft speeches as Public Orator (an office held by Tatham from 1809 to 1839), kitchen transactions involving hare and game birds 1816-20, and a memorandum to write to a Revd Plater in Whitstable about a Fellowship becoming vacant for Kent.

Manuscript extra information

175x120mm. 41 fos, with seven assorted papers inserted. Transferred to the Library from the papers of Sir Robert Forsyth Scott, Master of St John’s, after his death in 1933.

Autograph throughout, written from both ends of the notebook with several blank leaves. Plain paper in a commercial notebook bound in marbled paper covers, now considerably worn and damaged.