RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 841
Extent400 ff.
Datesixteenth century-1714
DescriptionA miscellany of papers, bound together in the Library during the archiepiscopate of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury.

ff. 1r-14v. Verses by Edward Oliver in Greek and Latin on the Nativity, Circumcision, Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, the Purification of the Virgin Mary, the Feast of All Saints, etc.
ff. 15r-22v. 'Representation in favour of the study of the Common Law in All Souls Colledge in Oxford'. Endorsed 'Mr Blinco'. The author is possibly William Blencowe (d.1712), a barrister and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1703.
ff. 23r-31v. 'The mourning Muses of Lodowike Bryskett upon the death of the most noble gentleman Sir Philip Sydney, knight'. Verses by Lodowick Bryskett (c.1546-c.1610), administrator and writer, on the death of Sir Philip Sidney in 1586.
According to H.R. Woudhuysen, this is probably in Bryskett's hand, and presents a slightly different version of the poem (registered on 22 Aug. 1587) which appeared in Spenser's 'Colin Clouts come home again' in 1595. See H.R. Woudhuysen, 'Sir Philip Sidney and the circulation of manuscripts (Oxford, 1996), p. 94.
ff. 32r-35v. Copies of medieval charters of the hospital of St. John the Baptist, Bath. The transcription and notes are in the hand of William Griffith (see Custodial history field). Cf. MS. 931, items 38-39 (further copies of charters of the hospital in Griffith's hand), and MS. 940, original charters of the hospital 12-15th cent.
ff. 36r-57v. Notes and extracts concerning the authority of the Archbishop and especially the power of the Archbishop of Canterbury in suspending and depriving bishops. The notes cite the register of Archbishop John Tillotson concerning his suspension of the Bishop of St. David's in 1694.
ff. 58r-61v. A Latin speech upon the Restoration-day of King Charles II, given at an unnamed University. 17th century.
ff. 62r-74v. 'An Account of the Colonys and Provinces of New England in generall, more particularly of that of the Massachusetts'.
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.
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. 39-53.
ff. 75r-87v. John Milton, 'Lycidas'. An anonymous version in Latin hexameters. Begins:
'Rursus odoratae myrti, laurique virentes,
Vestite aureolos hedera serpente corymbos,
Rursus ego vestras redeo decerpere baccas,
Quanquam aridas, necdum maturo sole recoctas'
ff. 83r-87v. 'A poem congratulatory most humbly inscribed to the Lords Justices of Great Britain on their eminent conduct after the decease of her late most excellent maiestie of glorious memory [Queen Anne]'. At f. 84r is a presentation inscription addressed to the Archbishop of Canterbury [Thomas Tenison] by the author, John Fowler. n.d. [1714]. The poem is a celebration of the succession of George I. Another work by Fowler sent as a gift to Tenison is MS. 711, ff. 163-6, 169, 171-2.
ff. 88r-103v. Statutes of the Collegiate Church of Southwell [Southwell Minster], as approved by the Queen 2 April 27 Elizabeth I [1585]. A copy, late 16th or early 17th century.
ff. 104r-159v (original pagination 85-196). A translation into English of part one of the 'Agends of the Church of Poland', ie. the liturgy used in exile in Poland by the Moravian Church, known as the Unitas Fratrum, Unity of the Brethren, Moravian Brethren or Bohemian Brethren. The translator explains (f. 152r) that he has not translated part 2, on the constitution of the Church, since this is accessible in the 'Ratio disciplinae , ordinisque ecclesiastici in Unitate Fratrum Bohemorum' [Amsterdam, 1660] with annotations by the late Mr. Comenius [Jan Amos Komensky, or Johann Amos Comenius (1592-1670)]. The translator (f. 152v) refers to his uncle Johan Bythnerus, 'Superattendant of Greater Poland', and adds a further account of the liturgy, especially the hymns and prayers, used by the Church in Poland. Cf. MS. 837.
ff. 160r-183v. Documents relating to the University of Cambridge, comprising statutes and oration for the commemoration of benefactors during Pro-Chancellorship of John Cosin, 1639 (ff. 164v-172r) and (in another hand) a copy of letters of Hugh de Balsham (d. 1286) settling jurisdiction between the Chancellor of the University and the Archdeacon of Ely 1276, and letters of the Archdeacon of Ely concerning the 'magister glomeriae' (ff. 175r-178r).
ff. 184r-207v. 'My Lo. of Essex his Apologie written to Mr. Anthony Bacon'. The 'Apologie' of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1565-1601). This was printed in 1600 as 'To maister Antonie Bacon. An apologie of the earle of Essex, against those which falsly taxe him to be the onely hinderer of the peaceof his countrey' (STC 6787.7). It circulated widely in manuscript after the suppression of this edition.
With a bibliographical note at f. 184v in the hand of William Griffith (see Custodial history field), from whom Archbishop Thomas Tenison acquired this and other manuscripts. Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison of c. 1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 69r).
ff. 208r-219v. A printed copy of 'Modest observations on the present extraordinary frost...' by T.T. (London, 1684), [generally attributed to Thomas Tryon, but here, in manuscript, to T. Trigg], with additional pages in the hand of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, on the weather 1683-4 and comments on the failure of the almanacs to foretell it.
ff. 220r-238v. Observations by Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) on the state of the United Provinces, the territory of the Archdukes, and France. Overbury's 'Observations in his travailes ... in 1609', containing notes on the Low Countries and France, were first published in 1626.
Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Archbishop Tenison of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 37r).
ff. 239r-270v. (original foliation 1-13, 22-41, with ff. 14-21 missing). 'A generall discourse of some secrett passages in state since the death of that ever glorious Queene Eliza: [Elizabeth I] vntill this presente, [viz. the commencement of Charles the first's reign,] by the auther's owne observac[i]on, who was either an eare or eye witnesse, or from such as were actors in them from their owne relac[i]on'. [attributed to Sir Anthony Weldon (1583-1648)]. Printed as 'The court of King James. Written and taken by Sir A. W. being an eye and eare witnesse' (London, [1650]), with a caption title on p.1: 'Court of King James: or, A generall discourse of some secret passages in state, since the death of that ever glorious Queene Elizabeth, untill this present'.
ff. 271r-307v. A Latin treatise on ethics. Begins: 'Ethica est scientia practica de actionibus humanis quatenus sunt dirigibiles ...'.
ff. 308r-326v. Proposals for erecting a public school, a public library, and catechising chapel at New York, by John Sharpe [Sharp], Chaplain to her Majesties Forts and Forces in the Province of New York. 11 March 1712/13. With a catalogue of books belonging to John Sharpe intended to be given as a foundation of the public library..
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, noting that it is printed in 'Collections of the New York Historical Society', 1880, 341-363.
ff. 327-338v. 'A luminary demonstration of the severall revenewes of the kingdomes and free states followinge...' A list of sources of state revenue in England, France, Spain, Tuscany and Venice. n.d.
Cambridge University Library shelfmark 'Bundle ye first # C', indicating that it was in the Library at Lambeth before the books were sent to Cambridge in 1647, and formed part of the collections given by Archbishops Richard Bancroft and George Abbot.
ff. 339r-340v. 'A memoriall of Mr. Roger Acherley's advising the demand of the writt of summons for his Royall Highnesse the Duke of Cambridge [later George II]'. An account of the efforts of Roger Acherley, or Roger Atcherley (1662-1740), a barrister of the Inner Temple, to secure the Hanoverian Succession by summoning George, Duke of Cambridge (afterwards George II) to come to England in 1713 or 1714 to sit in Parliament. [1714].
ff. 341r-354v. Poems, in Latin and English, written in honour of James I and Queen Anne of Denmark, on the death of Henry, Prince of Wales in 1612, on the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Frederick V, Elector Palatine in 1613, and in honour of Charles, Prince of Wales. The poems are caligraphically written. Title page in Hebrew. A later inscription transliterates the name of the author as William Slater. Early 17th cent.
ff. 355r-375v. Christ Church, Canterbury, Dean and Chapter. A rental (no arrears) of tenants in Canterbury. Also Chartham, Lower Hardres, Wadenhull manor in Waltham, and Wingham. 1593-97. See Jane Sayers, 'Estate documents in Lambeth Palace Library' (Leicester, 1965), p. 56.
ff. 376r-391v. 'A catechism for children ... by Nathaniel Taylor, Master of the Grammar School at Brigg in Lincolnshire'. The date '1693' has been crossed out. Recorded in the catalogue of the personal library of Archbishop Tenison of c.1715-16 (LR/F/16, f. 49v).Cf. MSS. 809-810.
ff. 392r-400v. Poems, written in English in a single hand, all or mainly by Robert Wild (1615/16-1679), nonconformist minister and satirical poet. Comprising 'A poem upon the imprisonment of Mr. Calamy in Newgate, 1662,by Robert Wild, D.D. author of the late Iter Boreale'; 'The recantation of a penitent Proteus, or The Changelinge, as it was lately acted with good applause in St Maries Cambridge & St Paules London, 1663 [by Robert Wild]'; 'The gratefull Non Conformist...1665 [by Robert Wild]'; and 'Upon the victory over the Dutch, June 1665'.
LanguageEnglish and Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionBinding of light calf, blind-tooled, with red leather label, lettered 'Bibliotheca Lambethana' as centrepiece. Re-backed. 236 x 170 mm.
Paper leaves of various sizes.
CustodialHistoryRecorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Thomas Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
ff. 32-35, 184-207 were 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).
Copiesff. 62-74: Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 772.
Available from World Microfilms Publications:
Lambeth Palace Library: Miscellaneous American Material. Reel 1 (with other MSS.)
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ff. 308-326:Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 772
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Lambeth Palace Library: Miscellaneous American Material. Reel 1 (with other MSS.)
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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. ff29 [Z921.L6L2]

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