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Commonplace book

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.27

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous collection of political tracts and speeches, and other items. In 24 hands. Includes: two works attrib. to Sir Walter Ralegh; report on trial of the earl and countess of Suffolk and Sir John Bingley; orders made by governors of Highgate Free School; various speeches in parliament by James I and others; 1621 petition of the nobility to James I; parliamentary business, including Charles I's dissolution of parliament, 1628; royal instructions for George Abbot, archbishop of Canterbury, 1629; circular letter from abbot to the dioceses, concerning preaching, 1622; peers' petitions of 1629; 'A true relation of the manner of the duke of Buckingham's death'; letter from Pope Urban VIII to Louis-XIII, 1629; letter from Pilgrim Fathers to their friends, undated; merchants of Staple, reasons for shipping cloth, 1621; letters from Charles I to Sefi I, shah of Persia, and from Murad III, sultan of Turkey to Rudolf-II. Mostly copies, many printed.


  • Creation: 1610-1630 (Circa)

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

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available

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Repository Details

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