MC:F7 Papers of Thomas Hanson (Fellow 1693-1701)
This notebook was purchased from Dulau Catalogue 84, no.240, for 2 guineas in 1920. Thomas Hanson was a Fellow of Magdalen College from 1693-1701. He matriculated from Magdalen Hall in 1684. In 1686 Hanson was made a Demy at Magdalen College. He signed the submission to Bishop Parker as President, 25 Oct. 1687, but declined appointment to a fellowship on 16 Nov., desiring to remain as a demy. In 1687, he was expelled from Magdalen College during the Usurpation of 1687, but received a scholarship at Balliol College. In 1688, he returned to Magdalen College as a Demy and was elected a fellow at Magdalen College in 1693. He was Pro-Proctor in 1699. Hanson obtained a BA at Balliol in 1688 and an MA at Magdalen College in 1691. He was ordained deacon in June 1696. Hanson was known to be the author of Lines (Bloxam iii, p. 52). Hanson died 15 Apr. 1701.
The events of 1687-1688 are discussed in J.R. Bloxam’s Magdalen College and King James II 1686-1688: A Series of Documents (Oxford, 1886) and Laurence Brockliss et al., Magdalen College and the Crown: Essays for the Tercentenary of the Restoration of the College 1688 (Oxford, 1988). [Other documents relating to the events of 1687-88 can be found in MC: P261]
Catalogued January 2005
A mathematical notebook with 93 leaves. The notes were probably taken at John Wallis’s lectures as Savilian professor of geometry given circa 1690. A page from Dulau’s catalogue describing the notebook is kept with it. The flyleaf is inscribed with ‘E.L. Th. Hanson e Coll: Magd’ in contemporary hand. The notebook is partly in Latin and partly in English.
- Fol. 1: Headings are Arithmetic
- Fol. 8: Decimal fractions
- Fol. 9: The Spherie Astronomy
- Fol. 17: Elementa Geometriae [following duplicates of John Caswell’s notes in Bodleian MS Rawl D.237]
- Fol. 25v: Stercometriae elementa
- Fol. 29: Trigonometry
- Fol. 33: Calculus Astronomiae Sphaericae
- Fol. 42: Geometria Practica
- Fol. 58: Algebra
- Fol. 77: Astronomia pars Theorica (in another hand)