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Commonplace book and book of precedents, Late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Dd.09.21

Scope and Contents

The first 80 pages of the volume form a commonplace book written in the seventeenth century. At the end of the book reversed are 11 leaves of writing of which six written in 1556 were intended to form part of a book of precedents; on f. 8 is 'An elegie upon the deathe of the righte worthye Sr Thomas Griffine, knighte', beginning 'I labor not to know why Griffine died...'; on ff. 9 and 10 are 'An indenture of mortgage of a manor', and on f. 11 are forms of conveyance dated 1611.


  • Late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Language of Materials


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1 volume(s) (1 volume) : 80 pages + blanks.

Custodial History

On f. 1 of the reversed foliation is written 'I intend to make this boke a boke of precedents for my sonne Jeffrye Palmer'. In the Library by 1856.

Physical Facet


Repository Details

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