Manuscripts Not in Orbis/Medieval and Renaissance Database

 

These are manuscripts that are at the Beinecke but not in the main manuscript catalogs.  They are usually part of a discrete archive or collection and can be found in the Yale Finding Aid Database or in the General Manuscripts in Orbis.

 

 

GEN MSS MISC Group 2623 F1

England, 1459

[FASTOLF, SIR JOHN-Sir John Falstaff]. A contemporary copy of his Will of Nov. 3, 1459. 1 p., on vellum (49 by 22 inches). Fastolf died November 5, 1459. (Roger W. Barrett) 

 

A LONG WILL WRITTEN IN ENGLISH, AND WITHOUT ANY ALTERATIONS OR ERASURES', IN WHICH HE REVOKED ALL. OTHER WILLS AND APPOINTS JOHN PASTON AND SIR THOMAS HOWES EXECUTORS.

 

In the "Dictionary of National Biography" the writer of the article on Sir John Fastolf states: "Three copies of a will are extant, dated 3 Nov., two days before Fastolf's death. The first of these documents is much interpolated. Whole paragraphs are scratched out and others inserted. The second draft is briefer. The third alone in Latin is merely a codicil, and deals chiefly with the duty of executors ... The authenticity of Fastolf's extant wills was much disputed. In his closing days Paston was greatly in Fastolf's confidence. On 3 Nov. Fastolf was certainly speechless, and could not have dictated his will. There can be no reasonable doubt, therefore, that the extant documents were written out by Paston, and if of any value are all practically nuncumpative ... " This WILL is listed in Seymour de Ricci's "Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada," 1935, p. 680, with the note: "Stated to be from Sir John Fenn's coll.; William Constable coll.;· Burton Constable sale (London, 24 June 1889, n. 286) to Waller. Fastolf's inventory belonged in 1744 to Francis Blomefield (Archaeologia XXI, 1827m pp. 23-280), then passed to T. Martin, Ives, Gough and Thorpe (Cat. 1835, n. 255) ; with it were two transcripts of the will." 

 

From unknown auction catalog, written before 1956.

GEN MSS MISC Group 2812 F1

England, 1560 September 12

George Ludlow. Lease of land in Great Chiverell, Wilts, to Henry Bronncker.

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