The Wheatley Manuscript: A Collection of Middle English Verse and Prose Contained in a Ms. Now in the British Museum, Add. Mss. 39574

The Wheatley Manuscript: A Collection of Middle English Verse and Prose Contained in a Ms. Now in the British Museum, Add. Mss. 39574

The Wheatley Manuscript: A Collection of Middle English Verse and Prose Contained in a Ms. Now in the British Museum, Add. Mss. 39574

The Wheatley Manuscript: A Collection of Middle English Verse and Prose Contained in a Ms. Now in the British Museum, Add. Mss. 39574

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By the courtesy of Messrs. Maggs, I became acquainted with and examined this fifteenth-century MS. in the year 1917. I recognised its value as a collection containing some hitherto unknown poems, more especially the Hymn to St. John the Baptist, which by the kindness of Messrs. Maggs I was permitted to transcribe. It seemed desirable that the volume should be secured for the British Museum. About this time the Early English Text Society lost the valued services of Dr. H. B. Wheatley, who had so well helped forward the Society's work as Honorary Secretary from 1864 to 1872, and as Treasurer from 1872 to the time of his death. It occurred to me that the association of his name with an Early English manuscript would have appealed to him as the best tribute to his memory. By a generous consideration on the part of Messrs. Maggs, and with the help of the Trustees of the British Museum, and the Shakespeare Association (of which Dr. Wheatley was Chairman), supplemented by contributions from a number of friends, we were enabled to purchase the MS. for the British Museum, on the understanding that it should be named "The Wheatley MS.," and that its publication should be reserved for the Society. The text, edited by Miss Mabel Day, is appropriately assigned to the year of Dr. Wheatley's death, and is dedicated to his revered memory.

I. G. October 28th, 1920.

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