RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 711
Extent296 ff.
TitleMISCELLANY
Date17th century - early 18th century
DescriptionMiscellaneous papers bound together for Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury (d.1715).

ff. 1r-8v. 'Concerning the Scotch places'. A copy of papers drawn up by William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury, concerning the Exhibitions at Balliol College, Oxford, for scholars from Scotland. 1666-83. Endorsed by Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Conc. Scotch places in Bail. Coll. Received Jan 19th 1705'. The scholarships were provided by John Warner, Bishop of Rochester (1581-1666). Cf. MS. 820 and MS. 1088, ff. 148v-151v.

ff. 9r-50v. Two texts written in the same hand on paper with original pagination 1-78. Comprising:
[item 1, ff. 9-42] a copy of the eighth book of 'Of the laws of ecclesiastical polity' by Richard Hooker (1554-1600). The title at f. 10r 'Mr Hooker's 8th Book' is not in the hand of the text, and is possibly in the hand of William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The 8th book was not published until 1648. On its complex manuscript history, see P.G. Stanwood, ed., 'Richard Hooker, Of the laws of ecclesiastical polity books VI, VII, VIII' (London 1981; being the Folger Library edition of the Works of Richard Hooker vol. 3), especially pp. lxi-lxiii on this manuscript. Stanwood proposes a date for this manuscript in the early 1630s, based on watermark (which he dates to c.1628) and the character of the hand. The edition of 1648 was based on the comparison of various copies, including one which had been in the Library of the Archbishop of Canterbury. This may be the present manuscript or that in MS. 2014, ff. 1-50.
[item 2, ff. 44-48] papers relating to the consecration of a chapel [the church of the Holy Trinity] at Wyke Champflower,or Wyke Champflour, in the parish of Bruton, Somerset, 18 July 1624. The chapel was built at the expense of Henry Southworth (d. 1625) and was consecrated by Arthur Lake (d. 1626), Bishop of Bath and Wells. Cf. J. Wickham Legge, 'English orders for consecrating churches in the seventeenth century' (London, 1911), pp. 91-100, an edition from B.L. Harleian MS. 3795..

ff. 51r-88v. 'Systemata geometrica'. Two copies of an anonymous treatise on geometry, in two different hands, with numerous geometrical drawings. English, 17th cent.
[copy one, ff. 53-62]. Headed 'De mathematicarum scientiarum divisione'. Ends incomplete (f. 62v) 'Hactenus de geometriae parte speculativa ubi theoremata solum tractavimus, sequitur practica ubi problemata locum habent'
[copy 2, ff. 65-88]. Headed 'De mathematicarum scientiarum divisione'. Contains the text of copy one, and continues with 'De geometria practica'. Includes further headings: 'De schematometria', 'De longimetria', 'De planimetria'.

ff. 89r-130v. 'The Irish villany feelingly represented by the Baron of Courthuy Ronsele with an exact account of all his troubles, sufferings, losses and dangers during the Irish Wars; and how miraculously he escap'd hanging; with many remarkable and pleasant passages concerning the Irish, and their Babylonical government; written in Dublin Anno 1692 and dedicated to ye Honourable Trustees Anno 1702'. With a dedication to the Trustees of the Forfeited Estates in Ireland, signed 'Adornes Ronsele'. The author, Adrian Adornes, was a Fleming who married a niece of Sir George Carteret in London in 1686 before settling in Connaught in Galway, Ireland. Cf. MS. 942, item 119, and MS. 952, item 50. .
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Archbishop Thomas Tenison of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 14v).

f. 131. A vellum sheet with texts and sybolic drawings, serving as a protection against danger. Endorsed: 'Popish charm found in the house of Mrs. Holyburton in ye Fenns nigh Ely'.
Begins: 'Whoever beareth this writing upon them shall not bee...' 17th cent.

f. 132. blank.

ff. 133r-142v. 'A short abstract of the Journal of Ambrose Warren to Falmouth &c. and back againe'. An abstract of a journal kept by Ambrose Warren during an expedition against smuggling in Cornwall. The journal covers the months of October to January. The date '1700' appears at the top of f. 133r. Ambrose Warren, of St. James, Westminster, was a mathematician and master of the school established by Thomas Tenison in King Street, Westminster.
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Archbishop Thomas Tenison of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 70r).

ff. 143r-150v. Copies of correspondence relating to the loss by the merchant William Courten (d. 1655) of two ships, one captured by the Dutch in the strait of Malacca in 1643. Included are letters of Charles I to the Estates General of the United Provinces, to William, Prince of Orange, and William Boswell, Resident at The Hague. 1645-49.

ff. 151r-152v. 'The history of the Insipids'. A satirical ballad attacking the government of Charles II, attributed to John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. It was first published in 1689.

ff. 153r-154v. 'Mac Flecnoe. A satyr'. A copy of 'Mac Flecknoe; or, A satyr upon the True-Blew-Protestant Poet, T.S.', a verse mock-heroic satire written by John Dryden (1631-1700). It is an attack on Thomas Shadwell, another prominent poet of the time. It was written in 1678 but not published until 1682.

ff. 155-156. Copy of the patent of appointment of Thomas Briggs (d. 1713) as Dean of South Malling, Pagham and Tarring, 11 June 1695. Endorsed by Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Copy of surreptitious patent of D. Briggs as dean of South Malling etc'. The patent was revoked in 1703; see Vicar General Act Book v, f. 75 (VB1/5/75).

ff. 157r-162v. 'Mr. Arwaker's Form of Prayers to be used at the visitation of condemned Persons [in the Army]'.

ff. 163-166, 169, 171-172 (leaves are mis-bound here). Poems with a dedication to Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, by John Fowler, dated 1 January 1703/4. Included are an English translation of Psalm 148, in rhyming couplets, and a poem on the nativity of Christ. For a further work by Fowler sent as a gift to Tenison, see. MS. 841, ff. 83-87.

ff. 167-168, 170, 173-177 (leaves are mis-bound here). 'Tabulae Genealogicae illustrissimae Familiae Brahe'. A genealogical account of the Brahe family, Counts of Wisingsbord, Sweden, from 11th century to late 17th century.
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 69r, where the provenance is given as William Griffith (see Custodial history field).

ff. 178r-185v. 'Certain Questions, Considerations, and Objections, concerning the War of Ireland'. A discussion of means to regain Ireland following the Great Rebellion of 1641, whether by continuing 'the present peace' or by war. Temp. Charles I. Contains several references to events in 1641; probably written soon after 1641and certainly before 1649.
Purchased by Archbishop Thomas Tenison from William Griffith (see MS. 952, item 102). See Custodial history field.
Another copy was sold with the library of James, Duke of Chandos, 12 March 1746/7, lot 138.

ff. 186r-193v. An answer to an anonymous paper which argued that the Church of Rome is the true Church. Endorsed in the hand of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury: 'R. d. Sh. to Pp [?Popish] Quaer'.

ff. 194r-197v. A description of the island of Puerto Rico. Begins: The Island of St. John de Porto Ricco is esteemed by most to bee very unhealthfull'.
Noted in Charles M. Andrews and Frances G. Davenport, 'Guide to the Manuscript Materials for the History of the United States to 1783, in the British Museum, in Minor London Archives, and in the Libraries of Oxford and Cambridge' (Washington, 1908), p. 287.

ff. 198r-199v. A Letter from four native American leaders, representatives of the Iroquoian Confederancy of the Mohawk river valley, to Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury. The letter thanks Tenison and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for kindness during their visit to England in 1710 and for promising to send missionaries. Boston, New England, 21 July 1710. The letter carries the native and English baptismal names of the chiefs and drawings of their 'dodem' animals, a turtle, a bear and a wolf, indicating their clan affiliations.
Endorsed: 'Indian letter to Archbishop Canterbury July 20th [sic] 1710. no. 6'.
The letter is noted in Charles M. Andrews and Frances G. Davenport, 'Guide to the Manuscript Materials for the History of the United States to 1783, in the British Museum, in Minor London Archives, and in the Libraries of Oxford and Cambridge' (Washington, 1908), p. 288. It is reproduced in 'Lambeth Palace Library. Treasures from the collections of the Archbishops of Canterbury' ed. Richard Palmer and Michelle P. Brown (London, 2010), p. 137.
On a subsequent petition from S.P.G. to Queen Anne for a collection to fund missionaries, see Tenison 1, ff. 97-102.

ff. 200r-201v. A paper [by Henry Compton, Bishop of London] arguing for the appointment of a suffragan bishop for America. Endorsed by Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Bishop of London's paper about a suffragan for ... America,. Dec. 1707'.
Noted in Charles M. Andrews and Frances G. Davenport, 'Guide to the Manuscript Materials for the History of the United States to 1783, in the British Museum, in Minor London Archives, and in the Libraries of Oxford and Cambridge' (Washington, 1908), p. 288.
Transcribed by Dr. Francis L. Hawks, historiographer to the American Episcopal Church, during his visit to England in 1836.

ff. 202r-212v. An account of the Archdeaconry of London of the year 1563, with details of clergy in each parish, thir married status, whether resident, whether a preacher, knowledge of Latin etc. With a note in the hand of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Transcribed from ye originall in ye Library of Corpus Christi College Cambridge by Mr. Oliver Aug. and Sept. 1690'. At f. 212v are notes in the hand of Edmund Gibson, Lambeth Librarian and afterwards Bishop of London.

ff. 213r-296v. 'The copie of the last instructions which the Emperor Charles the 5th gave to his sonne Phillip before his death translated out of Spanish'. With (ff. 215-225) a dedication of the work to Elizabeth I by the translator, Henry Howard (1540-1614), 1st Earl of Northampton.
The advice given by the Emperor Charles V (1500-1558) to his son Philip II of Spain (1527-1598) on his retirement from public life in 1555-56. A political treatise for princes, which circulated widely in manuscript in several languages.
Inscription at f. 213r: 'Nathaniell Darby his book. Ffeb the 22 th in the year of our Lord 1701/2'
An Italian version is MS. 295. Another copy of Henry Howard's English translation from Spanish is MS. 138, ff. 290-315.
LanguageEnglish and Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012.
PhysicalDescriptionHalf leather binding, folio, 20th cent.
Paper leaves (except f. 131, vellum), of various sizes, mounted on guards
CustodialHistoryRecorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).

ff. 167-8, 170, 173-7 and ff. 178-185 were purchased by Tenison from William Griffith. William Griffith (fl. 1652-1702), born at Stratford Longton, Essex, was admitted a sizar at Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1652, graduated B.A. 1655/6, M.A. 1659 (Venn, 'Alumni Cantabrigienses'). He became a notary public in 1664. His manuscripts show him as secretary to Henry Coventry, Envoy to Sweden, 1664-66 (MS. 1091); secretary to Henry Coventry, Plenipotentiary at the Peace of Breda 1667 (MS. 783); assistant to Sir William Glascock, Master of Requests, 1674-79 (MSS. 937and 942), and 'at Whitehall', 1689 (MS. 760).
Copiesff. 194-197: Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 772
Available from World Microfilms Publications:
Lambeth Palace Library: Miscellaneous American Material. Reel 1 (with other MSS.)
Copies of the microfilm may be available in other libraries.

f. 198: Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 772
Available from World Microfilms Publications:
Lambeth Palace Library: Miscellaneous American Material. Reel 1 (with other MSS.)
Copies of the microfilm may be available in other libraries.
Colour image available from Bridgeman Art Library: MS 711 f 198 (Image ID: LAM 101618)

ff. 200-201: Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 772
Available from World Microfilms Publications:
Lambeth Palace Library: Miscellaneous American Material. Reel 1 (with other MSS.)
Copies of the microfilm may be available in other libraries.

Copies are available from the British Library Microform Research Collections:
https://www.bl.uk/services/document/microrescoll/rescoll.html#127
PublnNote'The new world: a catalogue of an exhibition of books, maps, manuscripts and documents, held at Lambeth Palace Library between 1 May and 1 December, 1957 : together with transcripts of five unpublished documents in the Library relating to the early history of the American continent', p. 30; also transcript of MS 711, ff. 194-199 at appendices 2 and 5, pp. 64-72, 89 [Lambeth Palace Library Z921.L6L2]

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