Papers of the Madan Family

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 502, d. 636-8, d. 679-81, e. 588, e. 642-7; Eng. lett. c. 284-5, d. 286-9; Eng. poet. c. 62, d. 196
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Scope and Content

Papers of the Madan family, consisting of:  

  • Correspondence between Judth and Martin Madan, 1723-50
  • Letters from Judith Madan to her daughter, Maria Cowper, 1745-69
  • Copies by Maria Cowper of letters and papers of Judith Madan, mainly concerning the terms of her will, 1776-81
  • Letters from Maria Cowper to her mother, Judith Madan, and her sister, Penelope Maitland
  • Volumes of letters, mainly to Penelope Maitland, 1780-94, with miscellaneous family papers
  • Diaries of Penelope Maitland, 1787-97, 1800, with 'record' of events, 1787-97, by Maria Cowper, begun in 1700
  • Recipe book of Helen Maitland, compiled and given to her by her mother-in-law, Penelope Maitland, 1786
  • Household account book, 1781-3
  • Poems of Judith Madan, some autograph and some copied by her daughter, Penelope Maitland, 1717-19
  • Miscellaneous verse by members of the Madan and Cowper families, 18th century
  • Commonplace book begun by Judith Madan in 1769 and continued from 1782 by her daughter Penelope Maitland
  • Volumes entitled 'Some observations on parts of the Holy Scriptures - principally intended for the use of the author', Maria Cowper, begun in 1780
  • Volumes of notes by Penelope Maitland on sermons, with prayers and meditations
  • Two similar volumes containing prayers and meditations
  • Miscellaneous religious writings by members of the Madan and Cowper families, 1790-1805

Administrative / Biographical History

The members of the Madan family represented in this collection are Judith Madan, ne Cowper,(1702-1781), poet, and Martin Madan (1700-1756), Lieutenant-Colonel and MP. Also included are Judith's daughters Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper (1726-1797), poet, and Penelope Maitland (1730-1805), and Penelope's daughter-in-law, Helen Maitland.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1967.


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. 44075-96.