MS Locke c.27, fols 147r-150v

 

Contents of this manuscript description

Introduction

Size

Watermarks

Stitching and pins

Quires and page numbers

Contents

Marginal entries

Catchwords

Scribes/Ink

Corrections and additions

Texts within this manuscript

34. Observations on Bold’s papers (1698) fols 147r-150v [about]

 

Introduction

[1] Ff. 4. Paper. Four separate sheets, fol. 147 a scrap sheet, fols 148-149 each a quartersheet and fol. 150 a smaller scrap sheet with the remainder of a seal. Folios 147-150 are folded vertically, the right-hand side of each page is reserved for additions and corrections.

Size

[2] Sizes (width × height) of fol. 147: 110 × 247 mm; fol. 148: 156 × 218 mm; fol. 149: 157 × 220 mm; fol. 150: 150 × 185 mm.

Watermarks

[3] Neither watermark nor countermark on fols 147-149; watermark on fol. 150: lower part of coat of arms, containing two quarters.

Stitching and pins

[4] None.

Quires and page numbers

[5] Folio numbers added by the Bodleian librarian. Locke numbered the first seven pages. This numbering will be used in the present edition. Locke did not number the eighth and last page, fol. 150v; this number is supplied in italics by the editors.

Contents

[6] Locke’s ‘Observations on Bold’s papers’. The endorsement, in Locke’s hand, can be found on the upper left corner of p. 8: ‘Observations on Mr Bolds papers Dec 98’.

Marginal entries

[7] Each of Locke’s remarks is preceded by a marginal entry that connects Locke’s remarks to the relevant passage in Bold’s manuscript. These references are made according to three partly overlapping systems. The first system gives the section numbers in Bold’s text, followed by what is probably the line number in Bold’s manuscript, i.e. ‘§ 1. 3’; the second system gives the page numbers of Bold’s text, followed by the line number; and the third system gives a progressive series of numbers, starting with ‘No 1’ and ending with ‘No 27’, that must have corresponded to a series inserted by Locke in the original manuscript. The first series can be found on pp. 1-3, the second consists of a single instance on p.1, and the third is entered on pp. 2-7. The first item of the third system, ‘No 1’, on p. 2, is preceded by another marginal entry: ‘paper 2d’, and thus apparently coincides with the second leaf of Bold’s manuscript. The editors have not been able to connect the last entries of system three, on p. 7, with a passage contained by the printed version of Bold’s Some considerations; this suggests that the printed version of Some considerations is shorter then Bold’s lost original manuscript to which Locke had reacted. Finally, p. 6, at the right-hand side of the bottom, has the endorsement ‘30 Oct 1 letter’ and Bo 1698’, both entered upside down.

Catchwords

[8] Catchwords confirm the continuity between pages 2-3; 4-5; and 6-7.

Scribes/Ink

[9] Locke.

Corrections and additions

[10] The right-hand side of the pages is used for some corrections and additions. The right-hand side of p. 3 also contains a reference to Stillingfleet’s First Answer (1697).

Milton, ‘Manservant as Amanuensis: Sylvester Brounower’, p. 81.
The place that Locke prescribes here is indeed the place that it has been given both in C-1706 and in the present edition; this place results once his instructions in MS Locke e.1 pp. 113-114 concerning the introductory paragraphs on pp. 114-116 of the same manuscript are carried out (see below, 1. Of the Conduct of the Understanding (1697-1704) [23]).
In the present edition, this sentence is given in the collation of MS Locke e.1 with MS Locke c.28.’
Cf. Heawood, 3138.
For a similar use of pins by Locke, see his Journal for 1690, MS Locke f.10, pp. 24-25.
For a similar use of the word ‘Understanding’ for a quire that contains additions to the Essay, see MS Locke c.28, fols 115-116.
The main instances of use of this different ink are listed in the annotation to the text.