John Woodward: Correspondence

Scope and Content

Letters A-H:

1. John Allen, Bath, 25 Apr. 1722, personal letter concerning Woodward's health problems.

2. Copies of Woodward's letters to the Rev. M. Baker of 21 Sep. 1699 and 14 Oct. 1699, concerning the controversy between them.

3. Copy of Woodward's letter to Baker, undated, 'The 3rd paper, being a letter to Mr Baker, in Answer to his 2nd letter'.

4. Jonathan Belcher, 12 Apr. 1705, concerning the ebbing and flowing wells in the Peak District of Derbyshire.

5. W. Derham, Upminster, 24 June 1703, regarding the quantity of rain that fell in the previous month.

6. W. Derham, Upminster, 2 Dec. 1703, concerning a great storm in Essex and Suffolk.

7. W. Derham, Upminster, 21 Jan. 1705/6, relating to the descent of the mercury in a barometer the previous December; with a note on the last page by Ja. Hodgson on the behaviour of the barometer in a storm.

8. W. Derham, Upminster, 20 July 1706, observations on the alterations of the sun's apparent diameter when near the horizon.

9. Alex. Edward, undated, concerning marshes and fir trees in Scotland.

10. Alex. Edward, undated, concerning mosses and trees in Scotland.

11. 'Letters betwixt me and Mr John Edwards of Cambridge 1699', summary of points made in letters of Edwards, 2 May 1699, 23 May 1699 and 26 June 1699.

12. Copy of a letter of Woodward to John Edwards, 2 May 1699.

13. William Farrell, junior, Chester, 17 July 1723, concerning trees found in the peat marshes of Cheshire.

14. Copy of a letter of Woodward to Dr Hoadley, 3 Apr. 1718, complaining that Hoadley had not answered his letter or made contact with him, even though Woodward had been attending Hoadley's wife for nearly two months at his own expense, and that he would do so no longer (written on the back of a note from Eliz. Ford, Marybone, 3 Apr. 1718, promising that her husband will make an apointment with Woodward when he returns).

15. Incomplete letter, without author, place or date, with additions to 'the Paper of my observations of the Eclipse and Moon'.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Woodward (1665-1728), geologist, physician and author; Professor of Physics at Gresham College, London.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Mrs Joan M. Eyles, 1980.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other correspondence of John Woodward, MS.Add.7647.