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Henry Smyth: letters and memoranda

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.23

Scope and Contents

Includes copies of correspondence with Charles I, Archbishop Laud, George Villiers, duke of Buckingham, the earls of Holland and Suffolk, and the privy council relating to various matters of privilege and jurisdiction. Also includes items of relevance to various Cambridge colleges.


  • Creation: 1605-1642 (Circa)


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Belonged to Henry Smyth DD. Were in the possession of Thomas Baker of St John's College (d. 1740) who transcribed part of the contents. The letters of Laud were printed from Baker's transcripts. Belonged to Samuel Knight DD, prebend of Ely and rector of Bluntisham, Hunts. After Knight's death in 1746, the MS. descended to John Percy Baumgartner of Milton, Cambs., who presented it to the Library in 1861.

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