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Notebook of John Ward [manuscript], 1662-1663
1662-1663

V.a.292, leaf 138 verso

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Creator: John Ward
Title: Notebook of John Ward [manuscript], 1662-1663.
Date: 1662-1663
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: V.a.292, fols. 150, 140, 138v
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John Ward
Item Title
Notebook of John Ward [manuscript], 1662-1663.
Item Date
1662-1663
Repository
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number
V.a.292, 138v

V.a.292, leaf 140 recto

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Creator: John Ward
Title: Notebook of John Ward [manuscript], 1662-1663.
Date: 1662-1663
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: V.a.292, fols. 150, 140, 138v
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John Ward
Item Title
Notebook of John Ward [manuscript], 1662-1663.
Item Date
1662-1663
Repository
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number
V.a.292, 140r

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Creator: John Ward
Title: Notebook of John Ward [manuscript], 1662-1663.
Date: 1662-1663
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: V.a.292, fols. 150, 140, 138v
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Item Creator
John Ward
Item Title
Notebook of John Ward [manuscript], 1662-1663.
Item Date
1662-1663
Repository
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number
V.a.292, 150r

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Creator: John Ward
Title: Notebook of John Ward [manuscript], 1662-1663.
Date: 1662-1663
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: V.a.292, fols. 150, 140, 138v
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John Ward, vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon and physician, collected extensive notes on religion, medicine, and literature alongside miscellaneous gossip. This notebook contains several references to Shakespeare: the only known account of Shakespeare’s death; a reference to Shakespeare’s earnings, lifestyle, and “natural wit”; a reminder to himself “to peruse Shakespeare’s plays” so that he would not be “ignorant in that matter”; and mention of Shakespeare's two daughters, one whom married the physician John Hall and had a daughter, Lady Barnard of Abington. This is a reference to Shakespeare's grandchild Elizabeth. She married Thomas Nash in 1626, and then John Barnard in 1649.  

 

 

Modernized/Translated transcription

[fol. 138v]

Shakespeare had but 2 daughters one whereof Mr. Hall the physician married and by her had one daughter, to wit the Lady Bernard of Abingdon. 

[fol. 140r]

I have heard that Mr. Shakespeare was a natural wit without any art at all. He frequented the plays all his younger time, but in his elder days lived at Stratford: and supplied the stage with 2 plays every year and for that had an allowance so large that he spent at the rate of £1000 a year as I have heard.

Remember to peruse Shakespeare’s plays and be versed in them that I may not be ignorant in that matter.

[fol. 150r]

Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted.

Semi-diplomatic transcription

[fol. 138v (bottom of left-hand page)]

Shakespear had but 2 daughters one

whereof M. Hall the physitian married

and by her had one daughter, to wit the

Lady Bernard of Abbingdon. 

[fol. 140r (bottom of right-hand page)]

I haue heard that Mr. Shakespeare

was a natural wit without any

art at all. hee frequented the

plays all his younger time, but

in his elder days liud at Strat

ford: and supplied the stage with

2 plays every year and for that

had an allowance so large that

hee spent att the Rate of a 1000l

a yeer as I hayue heard:

Remember to peruse Shake-

spears plays and bee uersd

in them that I may not bee ig=

norant in that matter:

[fol. 150r (top-middle of right-hand page)]

Shakespeare Drayton and

Ben Ihonson had a merry meeting

and it seems drank

too hard for Shakespear died

of a feavour there contracted.