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Copies of official letters relating to the diocese of Chester

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.17

Scope and Contents

Mostly from the privy council to William Chaderton, bishop of Chester, and, subsequently, bishop of Lincoln.


  • Creation: 1569-1596

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1 volume(s) (1 volume paper) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

According to Peck, the MS. once belonged to William Chaderton, bishop of Lincoln (Desiderata Curiosa, 1779 edn, p. xv). On the original cover of the book (which consists of two leaves from a 14th cent. missal), appear the words, 'This book belonges to Dr Tanner'. In 1732, the date of the first edition of Peck's work, the MS. was in the possession of Samuel Knight DD, prebend of Ely and rector of Bluntisham, Hunts. (see 1779 edn p. xv). After Knight's death in 1746, the MS descended to John Percy Baumgartner of Milton, Cambs., who presented it to the Library in 1859.

Related Materials

Rebound 1915, original covers at Add. 4405 (2).


The letters were published, from these copies, in F. Peck (ed.), Desiderata Curiosa, 1799


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