Augustus Arthur Vansittart: Compositions and Notes

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MS.Add.6416: Compositions, 1846-1847, 144 folios

A series of Greek and Latin verse and prose compositions, with some algebraic problems, compiled by A.A. Vansittart, B. Drake (fo. 23) and R. Shilleto (fos 120 and 125); an English essay on 'The three commercial Powers - Athens, Carthage&England' (fos 28-34); the draft of an English verse (fo. 35); and questions set for mathematical and classical examinations (fos 58-80).

MS.Add.6417: Notes on Aristotle and Plato, 1845-1846, 213 folios

(fo. 1) Vansittart, notes on Aristotle, 1845; (fo. 14) Aristotle, 'Politika to B', translated into English; (fo. 56) Vansittart, notes on Plato's Republic. At fo. 1 there are also marks of Questionists in an examination on Cicero Tusc. Disput. 1, 1855.

Administrative / Biographical History

Augustus Arthur Vansittart (1824-1882) was born on 24 July 1824, the son of General George Henry Vansittart of Bisham Abbey, Berkshire. He attended Eton, before matriculating at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1843 (B.A., 1847; M.A., 1850), where he became a fellow in 1848. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1849, and called to the bar in 1852. Vansittart produced a collation of readings of the New Testament. He died in Cambridge on 17 April 1882.

B. Drake may be Bernard William Francis Drake (1824-1854), an Eton scholar, who matriculated at King's College, Cambridge, in 1844, and entered the Inner Temple in 1846.

Richard Shilleto (1809-1876) was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1828, to study classics. He became assistant tutor, dean, and praelector of Peterhouse, Cambridge.

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

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Henry Jackson, 1921.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entries on Vansittart in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 277, and on B.W.F. Drake in Part II, Vol. II (Cambridge University Press, 1944), p. 334, and the entry on Richard Shiletto in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVIII (London, 1909), pp. 106-107.

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