MC:F11 Papers of Richard Wooddeson (Fellow 1772-1822)
How and when the manuscript arrived in the archives is unknown. Richard Wooddeson (1745-1822) matriculated at Pembroke College in 1759 and obtained a Demyship at Magdalen College in the same year. He was a fellow of Magdalen College in 1772-1822. Wooddeson received his B.A. in 1763, M.A. in 1765 and was made Senior Proctor in 1776. In 1777, he obtained his DCL, was elected Vinerian Professor of Law (which he resigned in 1793) and elected University Moral Philosophy Lecturer. Wooddeson was elected Vice-President of Magdalen College in 1782 and served as Magdalen”s Bursar in 1785, 1797 and 1821. He died in 1822, leaving £400 to the College.
Catalogued February 2005.
MC:F11/MS1/1 Jul 1763
Ten pages containing 126 hexameters in Latin by Wooddeson. The manuscript contains what appears to be a trialogue poking fun at the political thinker/writer Maubert. [In 1762, Wooddeson with two other Magdalen men performed a Latin trialogue (now lost) in honour of the birth of the Prince of Wales (the future George IV).]
Inside flyleaf: Blank except for the inscription “Autore Mto Woodeson / Interlocutoribus / A- Mr. Isham, B- Mr. Woodeson, C- Mr. Taylor} e Coll: Magd.” [Euseby Isham: Matric Lincoln College 1759; Demy 1759-64 at Magdalen College, B.A. 1763; MA Queen”s College 1765]
[Christopher Taylor: Matric St Mary Hall 1760, Demy 1761-71 at Magdalen, Fellow 1771-85]
Pg.1: [Dated end of July 1763] Headed “Maubertus Bruxellensis Rerum novarum Scriptor- Interlocutoribus Duobus Britannis peregre reduntibus et Mauberto”