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Mary Wriothesley, Countess of Southampton
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2187  Tuesday, 18 November 2003

From:           Steve Denning <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Nov 2003 03:08:18 -0500
Subject:        Mary Wriothesley, Countess of Southampton

I have a question about Mary Wriothesley (b. Browne), wife of the 2nd
Earl of Southampton and mother of Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of
Southampton.

In his 1968 book, "Shakespeare and the Earl of Southampton", G. P. V.
Akrigg refers to certain letters written by her.

One letter is said to be in the British Museum and reproduced (with
misreadings) in A. L. Rowse's "Shakespeare's Southampton: Patron of
Virginia".

Some letters are referred to in footnotes as coming from
"Cottrell-Dormer MSS".  The Preface says "Mr. T. Cottrell-Dormer of
Rousham obligingly took to the Bodleian Library, for xeroxing, his
letters written by Southampton's mother."

Other letters are footnoted as coming from "Salisbury MSS". The Preface
says "When I have used the Historical Manuscripts Commission's calendar
of the Hatfield Archives, I refer to 'Salisbury MSS'."

My question is the following. How would someone living in Washington DC
USA set about viewing or perhaps even obtaining a photocopy of such
letters? Is there any way to accomplish this, short of a physical visit
to the sites where the originals of the letters are kept? The answer to
this question might be obvious to experienced scholars, but as a novice
in this field, I would welcome any guidance that might be offered.

Steve Denning
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