MC:F10/C1 Correspondence with W. Clarke Jr.
Fifteen letters from W. Clarke Jr. to Rev. Richard Chandler. Written by Clarke from Turin, Venice, Florence, Fiesole and Milan, where he appears to have been collecting material for an edition of Pindar by Chandler. In his letters, Clarke often refers to the highly-charged political atmosphere in France and elsewhere in Western Europe.
MC:F10/C1/1 27 Oct. 1788
From Turin: relating to the trials and tribulations of travel between Switzerland and Italy.
MC:F10/C1/2 27 Nov.1788
From Venice: discussing viewing Pindar manuscripts in Venice and Bologna but mostly personal information concerning Clarke’s travels.
MC:F10/C1/3 28 Jan. 1789
From Venice: Clarke informs Chandler that he is forwarding the completed Codex 475.
MC:F10/C1/4 27 Feb. 1789
From Venice: Clarke tells Chandler that he is using a sketch of the Olympiad and one of Pythian to examine Codex 464 and will do the same with other manuscripts; he also comments on Genevan politics.
MC:F10/C1/5 14 Mar 1789
From Venice: discussing the creation of new Doge in Venice, and adding that only Codices 465 & 478 remain to be completed.
MC:F10/C1/6 9 Apr 1789
From Venice: Clarke complains about a rude and ill-bred librarian. He further bemoans delays to his work; he gives notes on abstracts of various readings.
MC:F10/C1/7 27 Apr 1789
From Venice: informing of purchase of 3 copies of Villoison’s Homer; personal comments and greetings.
MC:F10/C1/8 16 May 1789
From Venice: Clarke reports that Mr Gibbon’s books have been forwarded. He also states his failure to complete MSS at San Giovanni e Paulo and writes that he will be sending the remainder of v. 210 of 4th Pythian shortly. He mentions that he has tracked down another version of Pindar and hopes to see it soon.
MC:F10/C1/9 27 May 1789
From Venice: Clarke writes that he has been unable to complete examination of MSS in the Library of St John and Paul; expresses concern as to whether the first draft has reached Chandler as there is no second copy; has Collation of Abbott Canonisi of the Olympic and Pythian Odes.
MC:F10/C1/10 11 June 1789
From Venice: Clarke reports that MSS at San Giovanni e Paulo does not contain all the Pythian Odes despite being listed as so in the Catalogue; he adds some personal comments concerning his love life.
MC:F10/C1/11 28 Aug 1789
From Florence: Clarke mentions that travel in France has become difficult due to the ‘violent commotions’; he also reports on the possible existence of a Pindar MSS with variants at either Palermo or Syracuse; discusses finances.
MC:F10/C1/12 17 Jan 1790
From Fiesole: Clarke explains that his last letter to Chandler, and Chandler’s last to him, have gone astray. He also mentions that he has had difficulties procuring printed copy of Pindar MSS and sadly had to make his own collation; he discusses Villoison’s Illiad and expresses concern over a ‘melancholy disaster’ which has befallen Mr Morris, a mutual friend (from later letters this appears to be a serious illness).
MC:F10/C1/13 15 May 1790
From Milan: Clarke reports latest news that Mr Morris’ life may be of ‘very short duration’ owing to the dangerous condition he is in. He encloses notes on the Pindar manuscripts in the ducal library at Modena.
MC:F10/C1/14 2 April 1790
From Florence: Clarke has vague information about an MSS in a convent in Syracuse. He tells Chandler of his imminent return to England, and wonders whether it will be at war ‘as the public papers give room to suppose’.
There appears to be one or more pages missing from this letter. Clarke remarks on excerpts of Pindar which he is sending Chandler (which do not appear in the part of this letter which we have). He describes his plans to travel to Lugano and thence to Basel and Strasbourg.
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