Edward Owen, Warrington, letters

Scope and Content

Nine letters, 1782-1784, from [the Rev.] E[dward] Owen of Warrington, schoolmaster and translator, to John Blackburne, Chester, mainly concerning points of difficulty in translating Classical Latin authors.
Owen comments on the works of Livy (ff. 1, 3 recto-verso, 5 recto-verso, 7 recto-verso), Horace (ff. 9-10, 12) and Catullus (ff. 12-13, 14-15). He also discusses a variety of subjects including Roman land measurement (f. 1 recto-verso), Roman coins (ff. 1 verso, 3 verso-4), Roman numerals (f. 16) and the arrangement of rowers in Roman ships (ff. 16 verso-17). Although apparently living in Chester at this time, John Blackburne's family owned Orford Hall, near Warrington, and he was elected MP for Lancashire in 1784.

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Acquisition Information

Samuel Gedge Ltd; Norwich; Purchase; February 2013; 006397622.


Title based on contents.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 24038E.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Several folios torn, with some loss of text.

Archivist's Note

May 2013.

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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Usual copyright laws apply.

Custodial History

Previously sold at auction by Bonhams, London, 12 June 2012 (part of lot 49).

Related Material

Other items for sale in Samuel Gedge Catalogue XIV (Norwich, 2013) include various letters addressed to Blackburne and his son; these and others family papers were also part of the Bonhams auction of 12 June 2012.

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