MC:F28/MS1 Collection of Godley’s Unpublished Works
Four volumes, titled “Unpublished Works of A. D. Godley”. They are typescript, and were all edited by C. R. L. Fletcher (F. 1889–1906) in 1926. They bear a continuous pagination (up to p. 1814), and the table of contents in Volume I arranges them thus:
1. Poems etc. contributed to the Oxford Magazine: p. 1
2. Poems and Shorter pieces not in the Oxford Magazine: p. 227.
3. Undateable Poems and Fragments: p. 469
4. Lectures and Articles on Oxford Subjects: p. 554.
5. Lectures and Articles and Letters on Irish Subjects: p. 766.
6. Alpina: p. 849.
7. Lectures and Articles on Greek Subjects: p. 933.
8. Extracts from the Classical Review and documents connected with the defence of Greek in the University: p. 1028.
9. Orations made as Public Orator: p. 1139 (although Fletcher admits on p. 1218 that he only had a portion of these transcribed here – see MC:F28/MS3 below).
10. Honour Moderations Lectures: p. 1312.
11. Diaries etc. of Foreign Travel: p. 1430.
12. Lectures and Articles on English Literature in the Victorian Age: p. 1592.
13. Miscellanea: p. 1707.
Volume II starts on p. 469; Volume III starts on p. 849; and Volume IV on p. 1312.
As explained in a preface to Volume I by Fletcher, many of the poems in this collection were published in Reliquiae, although he does not list which ones. Some poems were omitted, as he explained, due to their political content (and he lists them in note. 2 of his introduction). The remainder were presumably omitted as too ephemeral or not good enough. Several of the typescripts have MS introductory notes in Fletcher’s hand which were then quoted in Reliquiae. Only a few of the prose writings were published in Reliquiae.
In the first section, Fletcher does not quote the poems which Godley included in the collections published in his lifetime, but merely gives their titles and indicates which books they appeared in.
Many of Godley’s humorous drawings are pasted into these books, mainly in the first two volumes. Fletcher says of them “They were almost all found in his Balliol note-books: he seems never to have used his pencil at all after 1882.” Examination of the drawings shows that several of them have indeed been cut out of notebooks, and the rest of the books presumably discarded.
Return here to the introduction to this catalogue.