RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 1169*
Extentiv, 52 pp.
TitleHENRY WHARTON: AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Date1748
DescriptionExtracts and notes from an autobiographical memoir by Henry Wharton (1664-1695) clergyman and antiquary, chaplain to William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury. The memoir begins with Wharton's birth in November 1664 and concludes in November 1694.

The extracts and notes, written in 1748, are in the hand of Thomas Birch (1705-1766), who cited Wharton's 'manuscript history of his own life and times, written in Latin, in the possession of the Revd. Mr. Calamy' in his 'The life of .... Dr. John Tillotson, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (London, 1752), p. 143. Wharton's original manuscript was considered lost in 1821 and remains untraced.

pp. i-iv. Title: 'Notes of H. [text missing] life by Dr. Birch. This belongs to the MS. Library at Lambeth'. Written in a later hand on pages possibly used as a wrapper. The pages also have rough notes concerning the disposition of the manuscripts on the Library's shelves.

pp. 1-48. 'Excerpta ex vita MS. Henrici Wharton, A.M. a seipso scripta'. In the hand of Thomas Birch, with the dates 19 March 1747/8 at the beginning and 24 March 1747/8 at the end. In Latin and English.
Following the title (at p. 1) is a note in the hand of Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury 1758-68: 'Given me by Dr. Birch. His own hand-writing. MS. pub. Lib. Lamb.'
Printed in George D'Oyly, 'The life of William Sancroft', 2vols (London, 1821), vol 2, pp. 103-154.

pp. 49, 51-52. Letter from Henry Wharton to Ralph Barker, Chaplain to Archbishop John Tillotson, at Lambeth Palace concerning Wharton's catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts [now MS. 580]. A copy, in the hand of Thomas Birch, who noted the postmark: ' Post-mark January 1 probably 1691/2'. A large extract is printed in George D'Oyly, 'The life of William Sancroft', 2 vols (London, 1821), vol 2, pp.161-3.
Interspersed at p. 50 is the concluding portion of a letter from Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells, to Ralph Barker at Lambeth Palace, concerning the health [of John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury, d. 22 Nov. 1694] following a stroke. 23 Nov. 1694. A copy, in the hand of Thomas Birch.
LanguageLatin and English
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2013
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding with boards covered in marbled paper, 260 x 227 mm., 20th cent.
Paper leaves
CustodialHistoryGiven by Thomas Birch to Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury 1758-68, and placed by him in the Lambeth Library.
Recorded in H.J. Todd, 'A catalogue of the archiepiscopal manuscripts in the library at Lambeth Palace' (1812), when the papers were unbound, 'preserved in a case'.
RelatedMaterialA further extract from Wharton's autobiography (not transcribed by Birch), concerning Wharton's birth with two tongues, was printed in the 'Philosophical Transactions' for 1748, p. 232. It is reproduced in George D'Oyly, 'The life of William Sancroft', 2 vols (London, 1821), vol 2, p. 104.
PublnNotePublished from this manuscript in George D'Oyly, 'The life of William Sancroft', 2vols (London, 1821), vol 2, pp. 103-154

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CodeNameDates
GB/109/13905Wharton; Henry (1664-1695); clergyman, antiquary and historian1664-1695
25Secker; Thomas (1693-1768); Archbishop of Canterbury1693-1768
GB/109/21741Birch; Thomas (1705-1766); historian1705-1766
GB/109/14732Barker; Ralph (fl. 1691-1708); Treasurer of Wellsfl. 1691-1708
GB/109/15302Kidder; Richard (c. 1634-1703); Bishop of Bath and Wellsc. 1634-1703
31Tillotson; John (1630-1694); Archbishop of Canterbury1630-1694
618Lambeth Palace Library; 1610-1610-
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