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Grey, Zachary, 1688-1766 (writer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1688-1766

Zachary Grey (1688-1766) was a staunch Church of England Clergyman and writer. He was born in Yorkshire to George Grey (1652-1711), a Church of England clergyman, and Elizabeth Cowdray. Grey was admitted a pensioner at Jesus College, Cambridge, on 18 April 1704 but migrated to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he was elected a scholar on 6 January 1707. He was ordained deacon by the bishop of Lincoln on 25 July 1711, becoming a priest on 22 September. He served as rector of Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire, from 4 April 1725, and was vicar of St Giles and St Peter's, Cambridge. Grey published (often anonymously) a large number of outspoken pamphlets attacking other academics and writers, especially those of a Presbyterian disposition. Notable are his critiques of Sir Isaac Newton and Daniel Neal: Examination of the 14th chapter of Sir Isaac Newton's observations upon the prophecies of Daniel (1736) and A Review of Mr Daniel Neal's History of the Puritans (1744). Grey frequently argued that the Church of England was the best of churches, seeing all opponents of this view as wishing to return to 1649, this view is represented in his edited prefaces for Samuel Butler's Hudibras (1744). Grey married twice, first to Miss Tooley, and second, in 1720, to Susanna Hatton (née Hinton) (c.1690-1771). With Hatton he had three children, his two daughters survived into adulthood. His second wife outlived Grey by five years after his death in Ampthill, Bedfordshire aged 78.

Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

 Fonds

Gabriel Cramer: Letter to Zachary Grey, 1729

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/311
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1729
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

John Burford: Correspondence to Zachary Grey, 1729

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/178-179
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1729
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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John Kettle: Correspondence to Zachary Grey, 1733

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/767-768
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1733
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Joseph Carr: Letters to Zachary Grey, 1726-1746

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/217-221
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1726-1746
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Leonard Chappelow: Letter to Zachary Grey, 1737

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/235
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1737
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Letter from John Church to Z. Grey, 13 Mar. 1746

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6308/15
Dates: 13 Mar. 1746
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Matthias Symson: Letter to Zachary Grey, 1735

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/1365
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1735
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Nicholas Brett: Correspondence to [?] Pemberton and Z. Grey, 1744

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/147-148
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1744
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Henry Every: Correspondence to Zachary Grey and unidentified correspondent, 1749-1753

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/441-442
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1749-1753
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Villiers Chernock(e): Letter to Zachary Grey, 1757

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/241
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1757
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Thomas Atherton, Little Canfield: Correspondence to Zachary Grey, 1737

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/35-36
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1737
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Thomas Chaplin: Letter to Zachary Grey, 1734

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/230
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1734
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Thomas Croft: Letter to Zachary Grey, 1740

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/321
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1740
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Thomas Hill: Letter to Zachary Grey, 1728

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/649
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1728
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Zachary Gray: Sermons etc. (Phillips MS 23906)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8516
Scope and Contents Manuscript sermons, with lectures on the catechism at the back of the volume.
Dates: 1727-1739
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Zachary Grey: Abstracts and transcripts on religious and Cambridge University affairs

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3308
Scope and Contents Autograph, with second hand interspersed. Including: (fo. 2) 'The horrid Barbarity of the Spanish Inquisition': preface by Grey, followed by abstract of William Lithgow, Totall Discourse of rare Adventures, 10th ed., pp. 421 ff.; (fo. 35) 'The Jesuit in Disguise': referenced abstracts from several printed works; (fo. 59) Grey, 'A Review of Mr Neal's History of the Puritans', printed with omissions Cambridge, 1744; Grey, 'What Authority there is for the use of the present singing Psalms in...
Dates: 1738-1760 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Zachary Grey: The Glory of the British Flag exemplified. In a chronological Series of the most memorable victories obtained at Sea. By the Bravest of Our English Admirals, Sea captains etc...Extracted from our best Naval-Writers, and English Historians

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3847
Scope and Contents fo. 1v: 'Rd Day', and booksellers notes in pencil.
Dates: 1760 (Circa.)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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