Papers of William Bright

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lett. d. 300-2; Top. gen. c. 87, e. 129; Top. Lancs. c. 7; Top. Oxon. c. 607-11, e. 463-71, f. 67-76
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Scope and Content

Papers of William Bright and of his executors, including:  

  • Letters to Bright from H.P. Liddon, 1861-90
  • Diaries of Bright's friendship with W.H. Seary, 1873-1900
  • Notebooks containing antiquarian notes by Bright on Oxford university and city, especially Christ Church, ca. 1882-7
  • Bank books, household account books and business papers, 1851-1901
  • Legal and financial papers relating to the affairs of Bright's mother and step-father, Marianne and Daniel Maude, 1838-1911
  • Account book of the trust fund set up under Maude's will, 1875-1910
  • Five copies and drafts of Bright's will, 1900-1, with related papers of his executors, 1901-16
  • Papers relating to chief rents in Hulme and Lower Broughton, Lancs., bought by Daniel Maude, 1851, and sold by Bright's executors, 1902

Administrative / Biographical History

William Bright (1824-1901) was an ecclesiastical historian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by Morrell, Peel & Gamlen, solicitors, of Oxford, through J.F.R. Peel, in 1969.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 41723-52.

A fuller description is available in the Library and at the National Register of Archives.

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