RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 688
Extent2 vols
TitleMISCELLANY
Datesixteenth century-early eighteenth century
DescriptionA miscellany of papers, bound together in the Library during the archiepiscopate of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury. Now in two volumes foliated consecutively 1-229 and 230-528.


[volume 1]
ff. 1r-151v (items numbered 1-59, with a list at ff. 1-2). Correspondence and papers of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, as Visitor of All Souls College, Oxford. The papers relate to the case of Jonas Proast (c.1642-1710) who was dismissed as Chaplain of All Souls in 1688 and reinstated by the sentence of John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury in 1694 but without arrears of stipend. Included are the sentence of John Tillotson 15 March 1694, subsequent petitions from Proast, and numerous letters to Tenison from Proast and from Leopold William Finch (d. 1702), Warden of All Souls. Amongst the letters of Proast is one (ff. 92-95) praising Archbishop William Sancroft and denouncing his successors Archbishops Tillotson and Tenison. 1694-97.
The papers are recorded in the catalogue of Tenison's personal library of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 41v 'Proast's papers, folio MS.').
Cf. MS. 931 item 48.

ff. 152r-170v. 'Statuta & Ordinationes Ecclesiae Cathedralis Christi et B. Mariae Virginis Dunelmensis'. A copy of the statutes of Durham Cathedral approved by Philip and Mary 20 March 1 and 2 Philip and Mary [1555]. At f. 152r is the name 'William [?] Murray 1603', possibly the date of the copy.

ff. 171r-185v. 'Statuta Ecclesiae Cathedralis Christi et Beatae Mariae Virginis Cestrensis editum per ... Henricum Octavum'. A copy of the statutes of Chester Cathedral of 4 June 36 Henry VIII [1544]. 17th cent.

ff. 186r-229v. The history of Araucana, written in verse by Don Alonso de Ercilla y Zuniga (1533-1594); translated out of Spanish into English prose; almost to the end of the 16th canto. The translation is at times an abridgment of the original.
An autograph manuscript by the translator, George Carew, 1st Earl of Totnes (1555-1629), with numerous corrections.
This is the earliest translation of Araucana into English or any other language. The Araucana is an epic poem concerning the rising of the Araucanian Indians in Chile against the Spanish in the 1550s. The first part was first published in 1569; the second in 1578; and all three parts in 1590. Carew's translation covers part one and a portion of part two.
Evidently a stray from the 'Carew-Sheldon' manuscripts. Not recorded specifically in the 'Carew-Sheldon' catalogue dated 1664, but possibly amongst three bundles of undescribed miscellanea (Bodleian Library, Tanner MS. 275a, f. 11r). These manuscripts were acquired by Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677), Archbishop of Canterbury. All, or nearly all, were previously owned by George Carew, 1st Earl of Totnes. See M. R. James, 'The Carew manuscripts', English Historical Review, vol 42, 1927, pp. 261-267, and M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932), p. 401.
Published from this manuscript: 'Historie of Araucana, written in verse by Don Alonso de Ercilla: translated out of the Spanishe into Englishe allmost to the end of the 16 canto (Lambeth Palace Library MS. 688); transcribed with introduction and notes by Frank Pierce [Francis William Pierce]' (Manchester, 1964). Copy in LPL at SQ 6839.A2


[volume 2]
ff. 230r-278v. Reports and papers relating to the prorogation of the lower house of the Convocation of Canterbury. Included are papers in the hands of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, and his chaplain Edmund Gibson, afterwards Bishop of London. The issue arose from a question as to whether the lower house continued to sit after it was prorogued by the Archbishop on 25 February 1701. February-April 1701.
See Gerald Bray, 'Records of Convocation IX. Canterbury 1701-1708' (Church of England Record Society, 2006).

ff. 279r-300v. 'Gravamina Philolegum or, the complaint of such as truly love the King and his people and the laws and the constitutions of government faithfully represented, and wayes and means for making both the King and people easy. Humbly offered to ... Thomas [Tenison] Archbishop of Canterbury...'. A petition to Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, from Percival Brunskill, an attorney, concerning his career and legislation in relation to the buying and selling of offices. c.1696.
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison of c.1615-16 (LR/F/16, f. 69v 'Gravamina Philolegum, folio').

ff. 301r-319v. Copies of documents concerning Oxford University, comprising an inspeximus charter of Edward IV confirming privileges, 3 July 1 Edw IV [1461] (ff. 301-316); a petition to the King and Parliament from the University concerning the assize of bread, ale and wine, 6 October 12 Edw IV [1472] (f. 317); an Act concerning manorial lands and tenements granted by Edward IV since the beginning of his reign, taken from the rolls of Parliament 6 October 12 Edw IV 1472] to 23 February 14 Edw IV [1475]. Written in a single hand c.1600.
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 69r, 'Edwardi sexti [sic] charta confirmans privilegia omnia, stichd').

ff. 320r-325v. 'Postrema oratio Gulielmi regis ad Senatum 31 die Decembris anni 1701 habita, Arabicè versa. Ant. Corbiere.' A copy of the last speech to Parliament of William III, 31 December 1701. In Latin, with a parallel Arabic translation by Ant. Corbiere. Endorsed in the hand of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, 'Corbiere 1703'. Anthony Corbiere (d. 1743) was admitted a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1703, graduated BA 1706/7 and became a fellow of Trinity in 1709 (see Venn, 'Alumni Cantabrigienses').

ff. 326r-373v. 'Some cautions offered to the consideration of those who are to choose members to serve in the next Parliament'. Late 17th or early 18th cent.

ff. 374r-387v. 'Notes drawn out of Adam Meremouth, Canon of Paules'. Notes and extracts from the chronicle of Adam Murimuth (1274/5-1347). n.d. [?c.1600].

ff. 388r-401v. Copy of a letter from Daniel Ernst Jablonski (1660-1741) to Mr. Gatford [Lionel Gatford (d.1715), rector of St Dionis Backchurch, London, afterwards Archdeacon of St. Albans] relating to union betwen Lutherans and Calvinists. Berlin, 8 Feb. 1700. With copies of related correspondence enclosed with Jablonski's letter. In Latin.
Cf. MS. 935 item 17, a letter from Jablonski to Gatford 4 July 1699 concerning the union of Protestant churches.

ff. 402r-425v. 'De la Communion sous les deux especes, de ses changements et des differents estats, quelle a eue, dans l'eglise Latine discours'. Ends incomplete. n.d.
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 70r).

ff. 426r-451v. 'A discourse concerning the absolute necessity of infant Baptism.' An attack on the concept of the absolute necessity of infant baptism as understood in the Roman Catholic Church. n.d.
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 70r).

ff. 453r-461v. 'Reglements faits per les Confesseurs de la Verité, qui sont detenus pour ce sujet sur les galeres de France, pour etre envoyez à l'Eglise Françoise de Londres'. Rules for the support of Protestant ministers enduring penal servitude on French galleys following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Dated Marseille, 20 March 1699. With two letters to the French Church in London from 'les fidelles qui souffrent dans les chaines' dated Marseille 5 Nov. 1699 and n.d.

ff. 462r-465v. Copies of documents relating to the Chancellorship of the University of Cambridge. Comprising letters between the University and George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, on his election as Chancellor in 1671; the manner of the presentation of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, to the Chancellorship in 1626; the manner of installing Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, as Chancellor, 29 October 1628.

ff. 466r-488v. 'A petition which was presented to the convocation house the first session of the parliament holden in anno 1585 in the name of the ministers which had refused to subscribe to the Articles latelie inforced uppon them ... now set forthe for their iust Apologie to the churche and for humble sute to the highe courte of Parliament for a further reformation'. A contemporary copy of the Puritan petition of 1585.
The petition was published (London: [R. Waldegrave, 1585?] ). STC 10396.5.

ff. 489r-496v. 'Transcript of a [medieval] manuscript in vellum, lately belonging to Gervase Holles Esq, one of ye Masters of Requests, ... by me William Griffith notary publick 1679'. A transcription in the hand of William Griffith. The first part is taken from ' a certein olde role of the fees of the Earle of Lancaster of the Honour of Tutburie [Tutbury], in the County of Lincolne'. The text, in English, surveys land holding in Lincolnshire.
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). A number of his manuscripts were purchased by Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 69v).

ff. 497r-516v. Interpretations of the statutes of King's College, Cambridge, by the Visitor, the Bishop of Lincoln. Compising interpretations by William Wickham, Bishop of Lincoln, 19 Nov. 1594, and William Chaderton, Bishop of Lincoln, 5 April 1604 (with confirmation by James I). A copy, late 17th cent. ff. 497-500, 514-516 are blank.
This item is headed 'Interpretations of some doubts in statutes' and is probably the manuscript 'The interpretations of some doubts in the statutes of King's College, Cambridge, by Dr. William Barlow [sic], Bishop of Lincoln and Visitor of the said College' deposited in the Library by Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury 10 June 1696 (see MS. 800 f. 183v).

ff. 517r-522v. 'A briefe Journall of a voyage made in the Barque Warwick to Virginia and other parts of the Continent of America Anno 1631. by Henry Ffleete'. Dated by Fleete 22 Feb. 1632/3. By Henry Fleete (c.1602-c.1661), merchant and interpreter in America.
Listed in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 20 r), where the provenance is given as William Griffith (see Custodial history field).
Recorded 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, noting that the text is printed in E. D. Neill's 'The English Colonization of America', 221-237.

ff. 523r-528v. 'Doron ekklesiasikon' [transliteration from Greek] or a Poemme, written by a Grecian, the Bishop of Mount Sinai, nam'd Anasstasius Comnenus'. An English translation, in rhyming couplets.
LanguageEnglish, French, Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescription2 vols, folio. Quarter leather bindings, 20th cent.
Paper leaves, mounted on guards.
CustodialHistoryRecorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).

ff. 517-522 (Fleet) was acquired by Archbishop 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).
CopiesMicrofilm of ff. 1-82: Box 92 [Foliation defective on this MS.]

Microfilm of ff. 517-522 (Henry Fleete): 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
PublnNoteThe 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. ff24 [Z921.L6L2]

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