Elizabeth Isham (1608–1654)

Prose

Autobiography

An autobiography modeled on St Augustine's Confessions. Unpublished.

*IsE 1

Autograph notes and drafts for her ‘Book of Remembrance’, including an account of her mother's illness, written in the blank space of a letter to her from her sister-in-law Jane Isham. c.1638-9.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4344.

*IsE 2

Autograph MS of ‘My Booke of Remembrance’, closely written in Isham's italic hand, untitled, 38 quarto leaves, in modern cloth-backed marbled boards. c.1638-9.

Bequeathed to Elizabeth Isham's brother, Sir Justinian Isham, second Baronet (1611-65), scholar and politician, and his children. In the collection of Robert H. Taylor (1908-85), American book and manuscript collector.

Discussed in Anne Cotterill, ‘“Fit Words at the pitts brinke”: The Achievement of Elizabeth Isham’, HLQ, 73/2 (2010), 225-48.

Princeton, RTC01 No. 62.

Devotional writing

Unpublished.

*IsE 3

Autograph devotional writing, mostly penitential in relation to the Civil Wars, much of it in shorthand, written in the spaces of a letter to her by Lady Denton, dated 30 September 1644. 1644.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 249.

Diary

Unpublished.

*IsE 4

Autograph diary, in Isham's minute rugged italic hand, closely written, probably over a period, in a series of 36 upright rectangular panels (numbered up to 40), in columns and in various sequences, with dates (when given) from 1636 to 1646, on all four sides of two unbound conjugate folio leaves, once folded as a letter or packet. c.1636-46.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IL 3365.

Miscellaneous

Booklist

Unpublished.

*IsE 5

Autograph booklist and list of quotations.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4825.

*IsE 6

Autograph booklist, written in the blank spaces and on the verso of a letter to her from Susanna Stuteville dated 27 May 1648. 1648.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4829.

Medical notes

Unpublished.

*IsE 7

Autograph medical notes, written in the blank space of a letter to her from Elizabeth Denton dated 10 December 164?. 1640s.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4823.

*IsE 8

Autograph medical notes.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4824.

*IsE 9

Autograph medical notes.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4826.

*IsE 10

Autograph medical notes.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4827.

*IsE 11

Autograph medical notes, written in the blank space of a letter to her from Elizabeth Denton dated 30 July 164?. 1640s.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4828.

*IsE 12

Autograph medical notes, written in the blank space of a letter to her from Elizabeth Denton dated 9 May 164?. 1640s.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4830.

*IsE 13

Autograph medical notes, written in the blank space of a letter to her from Elizabeth Denton dated 3 December 1643. 1643.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4831.

Letters

Letter(s)

Unpublished.

*IsE 14

Autograph draft letters to her father, Sir John Isham, concerning the Civil Wars, undated. 1640s.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4335.

*IsE 15

Autograph reply, with news of the Civil Wars, written on the verso of a letter to her by her brother Justinian Isham dated 14 March 164?. 1640s.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 3273.

*IsE 16

Autograph reply, with news of the Civil Wars, written on the verso of a letter to her by her brother Justinian Isham, dated 20 March 164?. 1640s.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 3274.

*IsE 17

Autograph letter to her brother Sir Justinian Isham, about a land matter, dated 30 October 165?. 1650s.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4337.

*IsE 18

Autograph letter, to her brother Justinian Isham, from Stow, 23 May 1652 (or 1653). 1652-3.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4334.

*IsE 19

Autograph letter to her brother, Sir Justinian Isham, about current news, including the death of Susanna Stuteville (on 18 January 1653). 1653.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4348.

*IsE 20

Autograph draft letter to an unnamed suitor, as well as some notes in shorthand, on the verso of the address leaf of a letter to her, undated.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4336.

*IsE 21

Autograph letter to her father, Sir John Isham, undated.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 3473.

Petition(s)

Unpublished.

*IsE 22

Autograph petition to King Charles I, the verso containing a paragraph about the Jews.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4621.

*IsE 23

Autograph MS of a petition to the house of Commons, undated.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IC 4620.