File NLW MS 24038E. - Edward Owen, Warrington, letters

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NLW MS 24038E.


Edward Owen, Warrington, letters


  • 1782-1784 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

19 ff.

Encapsulated in melinex and placed within ringed box at NLW.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

Previously sold at auction by Bonhams, London, 12 June 2012 (part of lot 49).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Samuel Gedge Ltd; Norwich; Purchase; February 2013; 006397622.

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Scope and content

Nine letters, 1782-1784, from [the Rev.] E[dward] Owen of Warrington, schoolmaster and translator, to John Blackburne, Chester, mainly concerning points of difficulty in translating Classical Latin authors.
Owen comments on the works of Livy (ff. 1, 3 recto-verso, 5 recto-verso, 7 recto-verso), Horace (ff. 9-10, 12) and Catullus (ff. 12-13, 14-15). He also discusses a variety of subjects including Roman land measurement (f. 1 recto-verso), Roman coins (ff. 1 verso, 3 verso-4), Roman numerals (f. 16) and the arrangement of rowers in Roman ships (ff. 16 verso-17). Although apparently living in Chester at this time, John Blackburne's family owned Orford Hall, near Warrington, and he was elected MP for Lancashire in 1784.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Several folios torn, with some loss of text.

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Related units of description

Other items for sale in Samuel Gedge Catalogue XIV (Norwich, 2013) include various letters addressed to Blackburne and his son; these and others family papers were also part of the Bonhams auction of 12 June 2012.

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 24038E.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2013.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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