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Collection of printed and manuscript poems by Oliver and of obituaries of him formed by James Douglas Hamilton Dickson (1849-1931) mathematician.

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Reference Code: GBR/0273/PET.F.675

Scope and Contents

Front pastedown: list of contents in Dickson's hand.
f. 1 (modern foliation throughout) earlier list of contents by Dickson.
ff. 2-4 blank.
f. 5: Comment on Oliver's retirement from Bovinger in the 'S. Albans Diocesan Magazine' annotated by Dickson as received 27 December 1904.
f. 6: Oliver's obituary: cutting from The Times', 13 April 1905.
At f. 7: 'The game of chess; or, a visit to Woolston Hall'. Verses by Oliver printed by C. Slocombe, Ongar, Essex, to be sold at 1 shilling in aid of a memorial window at Bovinger Church. 1866. 8 leaves (lacking the first) in yellow paper cover.
ff. 7v-8: Printed verses 'To the Rev. W. Vaughan, Vicar of Chart Sutton, Kent, on his sending me a present of figs by his servant, Ann Newman, a Bovinger girl', dated Bovinger Rectory, 17th Sept. 1866, annotated by Dickson as received, 27 Dec. 1904.
ff. 9-10v: Printed verses, 'Echo', dated Bovinger Rectory, 1st September 1868.
ff. 11-11v: Printed verses, 'To the memory of William Selwyn, Q.C.: lines suggested by a visit to his tomb at Rusthall Common, 31st March 1870'. Individuals alluded to identified in MS on 11v. Dated from Holmrook Terrace, Tunbridge Wells.
ff. 12-13: Printed verses, 'The hoar frost on the window', dated Bovinger Rectory, Jan. 6th, 1871.
ff. 14v-15: Printed verses, 'Fuller's Corner, Woodford', dated Bovinger Rectory, 17th April 1874.
ff. 16-16v: as 14v-15 but on a single sheet.
f. 17: Printed verses 'To the memory of the late Bishop of Norwich' [Samuel Hinds], dated Bovinger Rectory, 10th Sept. 1874.
ff. 18v-19: Printed verses, 'The curate's complaint on being inundated with circulars from wine dealers', dated Bovinger Rectory, 17th Nov. 1874.
At f. 20: MS verses 'Written during the riots in Ireland, 1880, to Capt. H. Collingwood on his going to shoot pheasants at Forest Hall, Ongar'. 28 lines on either side of a single sheet. Annotated by Dickson as received 27 Dec. 1904.
f. 21: Printed verses, 'A fable: the jay and the pease', dated 28th June 1882.
f. 22: Printed 'Jubilee verses, on seeing a butterfly at Stokes Bay Pier, on the morning of the Naval Review, 23rd July 1887'.
At f. 23: MS verses, 'The dog's har, founded on fact'. 16 lines, dated 18th April 1888. Written on the reverse of a letter to Dickson dated 10 Nov. 1904 referring to a book by Oliver's son, Samuel Pasfield Oliver ['Madagascar : an historical and descriptive account of the island and its former dependencies' (Macmillan 1886)] which he offers to the college (where it stands in the Ward Library at 108.94-5). Also verses on 'A brace of pheasants from Chart', 14 linews dated 30th Oct, 1890.
f. 24: Printed verses 'To the Master and Fellows of Peterhouse on declining their invitation to the feast in the college hall, 19th June, 1889'.
ff. 25-25v: Printed verses, 'The birth day', dated Bovinger Rectory, 2nd March 1892.
ff. 26-27: Printed verses, 'Jeu d'esprit or the royal wedding day in a letter to a daughter', dated Bovinger Rectory, 5th July 1893. One MS correction.
ff. 28-30: MS verses 'The wishing tree' (in Dickson's hand, with sketch), dated Bovingar Rectory, June 1, 1895.
f. 31: Printed verses, 'Michaelmas', dated Bovinger Rectory, 29th September 1900. One MS correction.
f. 32: Printed verses, 'Enigma', dated Bovinger Rectory, Christmas 1900.
ff. 33-34: Printed verses, Sheering', dated Bovinger Rectory, 15th July 1902. One MS correction.
f. 35: Printed verses, 'Dialogue between Master and Cook on seeing the butcher's weekly book with a very red cover', dated Bpvinger Rectory, 1st December 1903.
f. 36: MS verses, 'Michaelmas Day'. Bovinger Rectory. n.d.
f. 37: MS verses, 'A happy new year', dated by Dickson, 25 Dec. 1903.
f. 38: Printed verses 'To a friend on leaving Bovinger Rectory', n.d.
f. 39-39v: Printed spoof circular, 'The model man' (offering sale of inflatable models to take places in pews), n.d., dated by Dickson 1 Nov. 1904, but probably just as date of receipt.
f. 41: Printed free translation of Horace Odes I:1. 17 Nov. 1886.
f. 42: Printed free translation of Horace Odes I:3, 10 June 1902.
f. 43-43v: Printed free translation of Horace Odes II:14, 14 Dec. 1870.
ff. 44-45: A slightly different free translation of Horace Odes II:14, with MS alterations, as pp. 304-5 of volume I of an unidentified publication.
f. 46: Printed translation of Horace Odes II.20, dated Bovinger Rectory, 14 July 1902.
At f. 47: MS translation of Horace Odes III:9, 24 Sept. 1891.
At f. 48: MS translation of Horace Odes IV:9, Bovinger Rectory, 26th June 1902, with note at foot: 'Please send to Pasfield'.
f. 49: 'A new way of proving the 47th Proposition of Euclid's 1st Book' on blue paper. Probably dating from Oliver's time at Peterhouse, 1826-1838.


  • 1830 - 1905-04-13

Biographical / Historical

William Macjanlay Oliver was admitted as a pensioner (age 16) at Peterhouse on Oct. 26, 1826. S. of the Rev. John Oliver. Born Mar. 2, 1810, at Farnham, Surrey. Educated privately. Matriculated Michaelmas Term 1827; B.A. (17th Wrangler) 1831; M.A. 1834. Fellow, 1832-4. Ord. deacon (Carlisle) 1834; priest (London) Dec. 17, 1837. R. of Bovinger (or Bobbingworth), Essex, 1838-99. Married (1) 1834, Jane, dau. of James Marsh Welden, and had issue; (2) 1879, Sophia, dau. of James Wright. Author, 'Occasional Poems'. Died Apr. 11, 1905, at Bovinger.


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Oliver, Rev. William Macjanlay (1810-1905) priest and author

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