William Webb and Ann Gould: Papers

Scope and Content

MS.Add.5868: Memoranda by William Webb of Clare College and Cambridge University documents to 1821, 142 folios. Notes on tithe, glebe and other resources in parishes in the patronage of the college have been subsequently added, c. 1841. Inside the front cover is an index. Many leaves are blank.

MS.Add.5869: William Webb: memoranda, 1817-1832, 94 folios: (fo. 4) Webb, 'Vice Chancellor's Memorandums'; (fo. 87) Webb, 'Memorandums of the Vice Chancellorship 1832'; (fos 87-94) written in reverse.

MS.Add.5870: A series of notes taken by William Webb of sermons preached at various dates during 1830 by the following: 'H. Rose', 'Dr Walton', 'Pooley', 'Simeon', 'Dr. Ackland', 'Dr Hollingworth' and 'Lodington', 62 folios. Fos 12-62 are blank.

MS.Add.5871: William Webb: journal of a journey into Scotland, 9 June - 29 September 1838, 88 folios. Fos 65-88 are blank.

MS.Add.5873: Ann Gould: collection of 120 conundrums, early 19th century, 104 folios. The answers are on fos 99-104 written in reverse. Fos 23-98 are blank.

MS.Add.5876: Ann Gould: commonplace book in Italian, English, French and Spanish, 19th century, 91 folios. A collection of sonnets and poems with translations in English, mostly by William Roscoe, made by Ann Gould.

MS.Add.5878: Ann Gould: 'Remarks on the Spectators', 1806-1811, 92 folios: (fo. 1) 'Remarks on the Spectators'; (fo. 30) optical sketches in pencil; (fo. 33) aphorisms, extracts and poems, written in reverse; (fo. 1) 'A Gould. Fornham Sepbr 8th A.D. 1806'.

MS.Add.5879: Ann Gould: verse commonplace book, c. 1821, 188 folios: (fo. 6) David Garrick, 'Extempore'; (fo. 7) John Gay, 'A Character - Harrington', 1796, unprinted; (fo. 11v) W. Weatherby, 'Valentine', 14 Feb. 1811, unprinted; (fo. 12) H. Leathes, 'Answer', unprinted; (fo. 20v) L. Dolben, 'To William Smith Esq.', unprinted; (fos 26-88) blank.

MS.Add.5882: Ann Gould: verses, 1832, 42 folios: (fo. 2) list of contents; (fo. 3) verses; (fo. 20) conclusion of the set of verses.

MS.Add.5883: Ann Webb (ne Gould): verse commonplace book, c. 1849, 86 folios. A collection of verse and other extracts from various authors made by Mrs Ann Webb, including the following: (fo. 2) E. Hamilton, 'Auld Age'; (fo. 5) ?George D'Oyly D.D., 'Charade'; (fo. 7) Thomas Ragg, 'Lines on the Death of the Rev. J. G. Breay of Christ Church, Birmingham', printed in Ragg's Heber (1841), p. 21; (fo. 11v) W. Whewell, 'Nugarum Bartlovianarium Epilogus', published 1840; (fo. 15v) Jane Parsons, 'Lines'; (fo. 16) Laura Parsons, 'At leaving Lynmouth'; (fo. 16v) Jane Parsons, 'Charade'. Fos 27-84 are blank. On fo. 85v is a note.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Webb (1775-1856) was born in Feburary 1775 at Sutton Coldfield, the son of William Webb, master of Sutton Coldfield Grammar School. He entered Clare College, Cambridge, in 1793 (B.A., 1797; M.A., 1800; B.D., 1808; D.D. 1816), and was thereafter fellow (1799), tutor and master (1815-1856). He was ordained deacon in 1800, and priest in 1801, and was the rector of Fornham All Saints, Suffolk, 1815-1816, and vicar of Litlington, Cambridgeshire, 1816-1856. Webb served as vice-chancellor of the university, 1817-1818 and 1832-1833, and was president of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 1843-1844. He married Ann, daughter of the Revd T.V. Gould, rector of Fornham, Suffolk. Webb died on 4 January 1856 at Litlington.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs A.J. Edmonds, 1914.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Webb in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 388.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds a volume by Webb of Cambridge pedigrees, MS.Add.5987.

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