Memoirs by Arthur Wilson
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The following note is written by Knight on the fly-leaf opposite p. 1: 'These appear to be Memoirs written by Arthur Wilson who published a History of Great Britain in 1653. See Wood's Athenæ Oxonienses, Vol. II. Col. 91, 92, 93, 94, in the Article of Robert Devreux, Earl of Essex. See the Initials A. W. in p. 57 of this Volume.'
1. 'Observations of God's Providence in the tract of my life.' pp. 1-66, completed on pp. 199-202.
This Journal begins in A.D. 1602, 'When I was a litle boy about seaven yeares of age,' and ends in A.D. 1649. Printed from this MS. in Peck's Desiderata Curiosa II. pp. 460-532.
2. 'An Essay upon a text of Scripture, Writen Anno 1634, by A. W.' pp. 67-78. The Text is Psalm ciii. 14.
3. 'The Scriptures proved to be the ·word of God.' pp. 79-114.
4. Letters to various persons, pp. 116-165. These are also apparently by the same writer, as the Initials A. W. are subscribed to some of them as e.g. pp. 124, 156. The initials only of the persons to whom they are written are given, occasionally filled in in a later hand, as e.g. p. 125. 'To the L. R.,' is thus filled in: 'Ld. Rich.' and p. 102. 'To Mr M. H.' filled in 'Martine Holbeach.' pp. 168-160, contain a Metrical Epistle to E. B. Esq.
On pp. 166-171 is a diary of a master of Felsted school, and at the end is a list of the scholars Dec. 16, 1710.
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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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