Treatise on grammar by Lewis Maidwell, with commendatory poems by John Dryden and Nahum Tate

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 66
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (39 ff.); In single scribal hand throughout, margins ruled in red. Oval crested booklabel, Lowther family, pasted inside front cover. Marginal note on f.12v cropped by binder; ff.37v-39v blank.

Scope and Content

Manuscript treatise on grammar headed "Grammar is the art of speaking", using Latin and English examples (ff.3r-37r); preceded by poems "To Mr. L. Maidwell on his new method" (f.1r-v), signed "J. Drydon" (apparently John Dryden) and "To Mr. L. Maidwell on his new grammar" (f.2r-v), signed "N. Tate" (i.e. Nahum Tate).

Administrative / Biographical History

The compiler of the manuscript is unknown. Lewis Maidwell (1650-1715) was a minor writer, grammarian, and promoter of education.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Pickering, March 1984


In English and Latin

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database