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Collection of miscellaneous theological and historical documents, Early seventeenth century

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Gg.01.29

Scope and Contents

In two parts. Items in part I are chiefly by John Overall while Regius Professor of divinity at the university of Cambridge.

Part I: (1) Titles of ‘Quæstiones comitiis magistr. disputandæ, and a chapter ‘Of faythe towarde God’, divided into 22 heads, and all crossed through with a pen; (2) ‘An Henoch et Elias sint in Cælo?’; (3) ‘De quinque articulis in Belgio controversis’, followed by the ‘Sententia ecclesiæ Anglicanæ on these points’; (4) a letter of King James I, in Latin, to the University of Cambridge, dated 4 Kal. Mart. 1616, against the townspeople of Cambridge who had petitioned for a new charter; (5) epigrams in Latin and English: ‘And. Melvinus in altare regium’, ‘In librum Barloi’, etc.; (6) ‘Utrum animæ patrum ante Christum fuerint in cœlo proprie dicto’, an account of the discussion on this question in the Comitia Publica at Cambridge by Dr Hows of Queens’ College, Dr Some and John Overall; the oratio of Dr Overall on his creating the doctors of theology is introduced, and the disputation which followed; (7) ‘Nihil impedit quominus anima Christi in triduo mortis tam ad cœtum damnatorum quam beatorum abierit’; (8) ‘Mahometam sive Turcam et Papam Romanum simul constituere anti-Christum est verisimile’ (see also MS Dd.03.85, no. 5); (9) ‘Qæstiones duæ, de admissione sive carentia justificationis et fidei justificantis in lapsibus et peccatis gravibus commissis et retentis contra conscientiam’; (10) ‘Quæstiones propositæ a D. John. Overallo in publicis comitiis quando theologiæ doctor effectus est’; a set of elegiac verses on each of the two subjects is introduced; (11) ‘De justitia inhærente’; (12) ‘An vera fides sit in dæmonibus et malis hominibus’; (13) ‘De lapsu Adami’; (14) ‘An aliqui prædestinatisunt ad inheritum’, followed by two leaves occupied by addenda to some of the previous disputations; (15) ‘Prælectio D. D. Overalli, cum regii professoris munus in S. Theologia peteret post D. D. Whitakerum’; this is on Heb. vi. 4 (see also MS Dd.03.85, no. 5); (16) ‘Christus pariter præsens in sacramentis veteribus atque novis’, in hexameter verse; (17) ‘Non licet ministro verbi se abdicare ministerio’, in hexameter verse; (18) ‘Evocatio filii ad disputandum. 1603, Julii 1’; the name of the ‘filius’ is given in the margin as Layfeild’; (19) disputatio in ‘Ephes. v. 8’; (20) ‘Presentatio proloquutoris D. D. Ravis in convocatione Londini habita. Mar. 23, 1603’; (21) ‘Oratio D. D. Overalli decani S. Pauli in synodo Londini habita, A. D. 1605, post conjurationem pulverarium’; (22) oratio professoris ‘Pridie comitiorum. Junii 30, 1606’; (23) oratio ‘in die comitiorum. Jul. 1, 1606’; (24) ‘Quæstiones in vesperiis comitiorum, 1606. Dr Kercher’; (25) quæstiones pro ‘Baccal. theol. eodem anno’; (26) oratio professoris ‘in die comitiorum. 1603’; (27) ‘The manner of proceeding in these questions. June, 1599’; this is an account by John Overall of the proceedings of the vice-chancellor, John Jegon, and some other heads of colleges, against him upon the complaint of Dr Some for the opinions he delivered on the questions in nos. 6-9; (28) ‘Oratio professoris in vesperiis comitiorum. 1599.’; (29) various paragraphs in Latin and English; of these one is dated 10 December 1615, one is said to be ‘out of the reformed Spaniard’, and that ‘De certitudine salutis’ is said to be ‘a præceptore meo D. D. Overall’; (30) ‘Historia de articulis Lambethanis’, followed by Sanderson’s table of the Arminian controversy; (31) ‘Mr Hill’s [B. D., and fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge] letter to the bp of London against Dr Overall’; (32) Dr Overall’s letter to the bishop on this accusation; (33) ‘De prædestinatione’; (34) ‘William Barlo, ld bp of Lincoln. The manner of his consecrating the church and churchyard of Fullmer, in the countie of Bucks. Nov. 1, 1610’; a note of ‘Mr Hales of Eton, concerning schisms’ follows, scratched through with a pen.

Part II (beginning from the other end of the manuscript): (35) ‘Breve D. N. P. Gregorii 15ti nobilissimo Waliæ principi magnæ Britanniæ regis filio’; this is signed Joan. Crampolus, and dated 20 April 1623; (36) ‘Paulus Papa V. Catholicis Angliæ, 10 Cal. Octob. 1606’, forbidding them to take the ‘juramentum fidelitatis’ to King James I; (37) ‘Articuli matrimonialis conventus habiti inter serenissimum Walliæ principem et serenissimam Infantem et communes eorum comissarios’; (38) epitaph for John Overall, ‘Obiit Maii, 1619’; (39) epitaph for Robert Scott, master of Clare College and dean of Rochester, ‘Obiit Dec. 23, 1620’; (40) ‘The daungerous policies of the Jesuites, 1623’; (41) ‘Lectiones D. D. Richardson de prædestinatione’ (John Richardson, afterwards master of Trinity College, Cambridge); (42) ‘Contra usuram’, in Latin and English, with extracts from Calvin, Bucer, etc., and a list of writers on the subject at the end; (43) a Latin epigram by George Herbert, on the Spanish match, ‘Dum petit Hispanam princeps ...’; (44) Epistolæ P. Molinæi ad episcopum Wintoniensem 1618, with the bishop’s answers; the manuscript contains only the first two epistles, with their answers; (45) ‘Against Traske’s trash’, by Lancelot Andrewes; (46) ‘Articles agreed upon betwixt the commissioners of the kinge of G. Brittaine and those of the kinge of Fraunce and Navarre, touching the mariage of the prince of Wales and the lady Henrietta Maria, sister of the most Christian king’, Paris, 20 November 1624; (47) censure of a book entitled ‘God’s holy mynde’, by ‘Edward Elton, preacher at St Mary Magdalenes, Barmondsey, neere London’; (48) ‘A breefe of the articles of the league betweene the kings of Fraunce, England, state of Venice, and d. of Savoy’; the pasquil ‘Gallus cantabat’, on the towns of Valtoline being taken by the French, follows; (49) ‘The Spanish ambassador Inigoso to K. James’, against the duke of Buckingham; (50) ‘The first draught of the petition to his majestie, concerning religion, prepared for the commons house of parliament, 29 June, 1625’; (51) ‘My lord Verolame to the parliament’, 1621; (52) ‘Dr Fenton to Dr Overall, professor of divinity at Cambridge’; (53) a letter from William Barlow, chaplain to the archbishop, 14 February 1614, probably addressed to Peter Baro; (54) ‘An essay of a king’; (55) ‘John Lincoln’, i.e. bishop Williams, to the king, on resigning the great seal; (56) ‘Sir Edward Cookes speech in the parliament at Oxford, Aug. 4, 1625’; (57) ‘De homicido casuali ad negotium domini archiepiscopi Cantuar’, being extracts from various authors and councils on casual homicide; (58) ‘The bishop of Lincoln’s letter to king Charles’; (59) King Charles I to Sir Heneage Finch, speaker of the house of commons, commanding him to acquaint the house that the king expects they should immeditately bring in and pass the bill of subsidy, 9 June ‘in the seconde yeare of our reigne’; (60) ‘Cur fructus mortis Christi ad omnes Adami posteros non perveniat’, by Peter Baro; (61) ‘Alia eiusdem questionis in eundem sensum explicatio; cur omnes non sustentantur a Christo’; (62) ‘A short relation of the stirres in Holland concerning predestination’, etc., from 1557 onwards; (63) ‘The effect of the speech delivered by the lord primate before the lord deputie and the great assembly at his majesties castle of Dublin April ult. 1627’; (64) Lancelot Andrewes’s speech ‘in the countess of Shrewsburies case in the star-chamber’ (see also MS Ff.05.25, no. 4); (65) Lancelot Andrewes’s ‘Consecratio et dedicatio capellæ Jesu cum cimiterio eiusdem juxta Southampton in vasto solo Ridgeway-heath dicto A. D. 1620’ (see also MS Ff.05.25, no. 6); (66) ‘The curse belonging to Sherburne Castle’; (67) ‘The heads of the grievances in parliament, 1628’, followed by ‘Propositions to be taken into consideracion for the present necessary supplies’; (68) ‘The lord keeper to the parliament. Ap. 29, 1628’; (69) ‘The king’s speech, June 7, 1628’; (70) ‘His majesties speech to both houses at the end of this session, June 28, 1628’; (71) ‘The copie of a letter found amongst some Jesuites that were taken in London, and addressed to the father rector at Bruxells’ (see also MS Mm.05.01, no. 18); (72) ‘The remonstrance of the house of commons to his majestie, June 17, 1628, read in the banquetting house by the speaker in the presence of both houses’, followed by ‘His majesties answere’ 7 June; (73) ‘Dr Manwaring’s submission’; (74) ‘The king’s speech the first day of parliament , March 17, 1628’; (75) ‘My lo. keepers speech, Sir Tho. Coventry, March 17, 1627’; (76) ‘A calendar or schedule of the shipping of this kingdome, which have bene taken by the enemies and lost at sea within three yeares last past’; (77) ‘A copy of the 2nd remonstrance of the house of commons which should have bene presented the last day of the session’; (78) ‘The duke of Buck. his speech before the king at the counsell table on ffryday, Aprill 4, 1628’; (79) Bishop Montagu’s ‘Certaine considerations touching recusancy’; (80) ‘The protestation of the commons in parliament, ffeb. 1628’; (81) Of the five articles disputed in Belgium. ‘W. B.’ (see no. 3, above); (82) ‘The propositions of the k. of G. Britaine touching mariage of the prince of England with the infanta of Spain; with the popes replyes and orders’; (83) ‘Bp Barlo in parliament concerning a bill for laymen to be assistants to bishops’; (84) ‘An order agreed upon for a translation of the bible’ [1607]; (85) ‘The copie of the first letter from the lords of his majesties most honorable privie counsele to the high sherife of Norfolke concerninge the levying of the ship money. Aug. 12, 1635’; (86) ‘The kings letter concerning the ship money with the judges answere’; (87) ‘The counsells letters to the high sheriffe of Kent’, 28 December 1636; (88) ‘Reasons that the mariage betwene Sir Giles Allington & his halfe sisters daughter is lawfull. May 11, 1631’, signed ‘Thomas Playfere’; (89) ‘Queeres propounded by sundre of the clergie of the diocese of London, touching the oath enjoyned by the late synod Can. VI. 1640’; (90) ‘The judgment of a private divine concerning these quæres’; (91) ‘Grounds of exceptions against the oath in the VIth new canon, established in the synod 1640, by the ministerie of Northamptonshire’; this and the preceding two sections refer to the ‘oath enjoined for the preventing of all innovations in doctrine and government’.


  • Creation: Early seventeenth century


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In the Library by the mid 1750s.

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