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John R. Payne Collection

Identifier: MS 135

Scope and Contents

The collection includes two rare British manuscripts. The first is a legal document of indenture of property dated December 23, 1720, involving George Bright, the descendants of Frances Lyne, James Labe, William Walton and others. The document also mentions “William Pitt the Elder of Burley in the parish of Kingwood.” The handwritten document on vellum measures 9 x 20 inches. There is a transcript alongside the original. The second item in the collection is an Agreement of Three Annuities for the Joint lives of Sir Henry Peyton and the said Henry Peyton and Denise of Manors, dated February 9, 1850. The document is handwritten on six pages of vellum measuring 23 x 26 ½ inches.


  • 1720, 1850

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

John R. Payne is a collector and appraiser of rare books, photographs, and archival manuscripts. His company, Payne Associates, is based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Payne has extensive experience as an appraiser of archival manuscript collections and is a former associate of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and a lecturer on historic manuscripts and rare books. Payne donated the manuscripts to the Mary Couts Burnett Library in 2014 along with 13 rare books. Over the years, he has donated dozens of rare books to the library’s Special Collections department.


0.25 Linear feet

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically

Physical Location

Vault BF 2

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John R. Payne, April 2014.
Guide to the John R. Payne Collection
Mary Saffell
April 11, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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