RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 745
Extent105, 16 pp; 37 ff.
Date17th century
DescriptionA miscellany of three separate manuscripts bound together for Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, with a list of contents in his hand.

Item 1. Separately paginated 1-105.
An anonymous description of the Hotel des Invalides, Paris. n.d. [1682].
Begins without title: 'The Hostel of the Invalides, which for the magnificence of the buildings...'. Attibuted to Thomas Povey (1614-c.1705), M.P., colonial enterpreneur and administrator. In the same hand as item 2. See the edition by Carson I. A. Ritchie, 'The Hostel of the Invalides by Thomas Povey (1682) (Lambeth Palace Library MS. 745)', Medical History, vol 10, 1966, pp. 1-22, 177-197.
The Hotel des Invalides, founded in 1670 as a home for sick and aged soldiers, had a considerable influence on Chelsea Hospital, founded in 1681.

Item 2. Separately paginated 1-16.
'Versailles', an anonymous description. n.d.
Begins: 'Among the many palaces belonging to the crown of France...'. Attributed by Thomas Tenison in his list of contents to Thomas Povey (1614-c.1705), M.P., colonial entrepreneur and administrator. Tenison knew Povey and received gifts of manuscripts from him (see Custodial history field). In the same hand as item 1.

Item 3. Separately foliated 1-37.
A report on the state of New England, and especially the government of Massachusetts, by Edward Randolph (1632-1703), colonial administrator in America. 1676.
Title in the hand of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury on a flyleaf and at f. 1v: 'The present state of New-England by Mr. Andrews'. In both inscriptions the name 'Andrews' is crossed out and 'Randolph' substituted.
ff. 2r-23r. A report by Randolph addressed to the Committee for Trade and Plantations, 2 October 1676.
ff. 23v-29r. A narrative by Randolph, addressed to Charles II, of his delivery of the King's letter to the magistrates of Boston. 20 Sept. 1676.
ff. 29v-31v. Copy of a petition of inhabitants of Massachusetts to the General Court of the colony, October 1666. The petition was occasioned by Charles II's decaration of 10 April 1666 (see ff. 35v-37r).
ff. 31v-33v. Letter of Charles II confirming the charter granted to the colony of Massachusetts by Charles I. 28 June 14 Charles II [1662].
ff. 33v-35v. 'Mr Secretary Morris his answer to a petition of the Council of Boston'. 25 Feb. 1664/5.
ff. 35v-37r. Letter of Charles II concerning his jurisdiction over the colony. 10 April 1660 [recte 1666] in the 18th year of the reign [1666].
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012.
PhysicalDescriptionBinding of light brown calf, blind tooled. Rebacked. 260 x 206 mm.
Paper leaves, items 1-3 of different paper sizes.
CustodialHistoryDeposited in the Library by Archbishop Thomas Tenison 10 June 1696 (see MS. 800, f. 183v).
Recorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Thomas Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40). Items 1-2 were probably acquired by Tenison from Thomas Povey, who also made gifts to the Library founded by Tenison at St. Martin-in-the -Fields. See Peter Hoare, 'The benefactors book of Archbishop Tenison's Library at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, 1685-1850', typescript in Lambeth Palace Library.
CopiesItem 3 (The present state of New England): Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 772
Item 3 is also 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:
PublnNoteItem 3 is printed from this manuscript in William Stevens Perry, 'Historical collections relating to the American colonial church', 5 vols (Hertford, Conn, 1870-78), vol 3, pp. 1-39.
See also:
R. N. Toppan and A. T. Goodrick, eds, 'Edward Randolph: including his letters and official papers', 7 vols. (1898–1909).
M. G. Hall, 'Edward Randolph and the American colonies, 1676–1703' (1960).

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