RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 731
Extent1 vol.
DescriptionPrinted copies of 'The Book of Common Prayer' (London: Robert Barker and the assigns of John Bill, 1638) and related works, annotated with manuscript notes to show changes in the text since the first publication of the Book of Common Prayer in 1549. Bound with manuscript treatises (written in the same hand as the annotations) on the Reformation and subsequent liturgical change in England and Scotland and on the ordination and lawfulness of bishops in Church of England.

The manuscript treatises are written from a Laudian perspective and were published by William Nicholls (1664-1712) as works written by William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, himself. See William Nicholls, 'A supplement to the commentary on The Book of Common Prayer' (London, 1711). In his Preface Nicholls described MS. 731 as:
'an Interleaved Common-Prayer-Book, with many sheets of Paper bound up at the beginning and at the end of the Book; in the former of which is written this Historical Introduction by way of Preface, in a neat, small, Secretary Hand, being in several places mended by the Archbishop's own Hand, who has several times set down in the Margin upon the Citation of a scarce Book, these words, which Book I have; which shows that he was the Person who wrote the Preface. He likewise, in the Body of the Treatise, speaking in the Singular Number thus, I have a Book of Common-Prayer set forth, p. 9. But to me the style of the papers is a sufficient Argument, that they are the Archbishop's; they having the Plainness, the Gravity, and the exact Propriety, which is peculiar to his writings...'
However the editors of 'The works of the most reverend father in God, William Laud, D.D., sometime Lord Archbishop of Canterbury ...', 7 vols (Oxford, 1847-60) rejected Nicholls' attribution of the treatises to Laud, arguing that 'there do not appear to be sufficient grounds for believing them to have been written by Archbishop Laud to justify their insertion among his works' (Laud, 'The works', vol 7, preface).

1. 'A Briefe Survey of the Tymes and Manner of Reformac[i]on in Religion of the Churches of England and Scotland. And of the Liturgie, Rites, Ceremonyes, and Discipline therein used or controverted. And how farr the present agrees with ye former'. Includes responses to Puritan objections to the Book of Common Prayer. Manuscript. Paginated 1-140.
Printed in Nicholls, 'A supplement'.

2. 'A briefe Chronologie Shewing the severall tymes sondry parts of our Church Liturgie, Doctrine, Discipline, rites, Ceremonies, Fasts, Feasts etc were first instituted, altred or brought into the Church'. Manuscript. Paginated 143-159. Printed in Nicholls, 'A supplement'.

3. 'The Book of Common Prayer' (London: Robert Barker and the assigns of John Bill, 1638). STC 16409. Following leaf R3 is 'The Psalter, or Psalmes of David' with separate title page. With manuscript notes in the margins and on interleaved pages showing divergences from previous editions of The Book of Common Prayer since 1549, including Laud's Scottish Prayer Book of 1637.

4. 'The whole Book of Psalmes. Collected into English meeter by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins and others ...' (London: I.H. for the Company of Stationers, 1638). STC 2677. Without marginal annotations, but followed by a leaf with manuscript notes on psalms translated by James I and found in the Scottish Prayer Book of 1637.

5. 'The form and manner of making and consecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons' (London: Robert Barker and the assigns of John Bill, 1638). STC 16477. With a few manuscript notes recording divergences from the edition of 1552.

6. 'Obiecc[i]ons against ye lawfullness of Bishopps'. A manuscript treatise providing responses to Roman Catholic objections to the lawfulness of English bishops. Paginated 1-17. Printed in Nicholls, 'A supplement'.
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012. Previously recorded in H.J. Todd, 'A catalogue of the archiepiscopal manuscripts in the library at Lambeth Palace' (1812) as an important volume by Archbishop Laud.
PhysicalDescriptionBinding of reversed calf, rebacked, 288 x 210 mm. Remains of green silk ties.
Paper leaves.
CustodialHistoryRecorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Thomas Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
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145Church of England; 1534-1534-
35Laud; William (1573-1645); Archbishop of Canterbury1573-1645
GB/109/19694Nicholls; William (1664-1712); theologian1664-1712
NA1288Church of Scotland
NA1595Scottish Episcopal Church
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