Travel journals, written in the same hand, probably by John Ratcliff.
MS.Add.4215: Journal of a tour in France, written after 1727, 58 folios. The versos are blank throughout. There is no internal evidence of the writer's identity, apart from two references to Oxford on fos 24 and 34.
MS.Add.4216: Journal of a tour in Belgium and Holland made in the company of Edward Bentham and Robert Hoblyn, 1734, 135 folios. The only internal evidence as to the identity of the travellers consists of a reference to 'Mr. B.&Mr. H.' on fo. 57, and the references to 'our Oxford libraries and our Oxford halls' on fos 57 and 93. However, an entry in A. Chalmers, Biographical dictionary (1812), records that Edward Bentham, in company with Hoblyn and Ratcliff, 'made at different times the tour of part of France and other countries'. Internal evidence indicates the date to be 1734. The versos are blank throughout.