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'The Life of Edwarde Earle of Clarendon', Written by lord Clarendon in and after 1668

MS. Clarendon 123
Held at the Weston Library

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'The Life of Edwarde Earle of Clarendon', dated at head 'Mountepelier 23 July 1668', the first part ending with 'against all their machinacions. Mountpelier 1 Aug. 1670.' The second part entitled 'Reflexions upon the most ... materiall passages which hapned after the Kings restoracion to the tyme of the Chancellors banishment ...', which is practically a continuation of the History, begins on p. 615 (dated 'Molins 8 day of June 1672') and ends with 'then oppressed him' (1668). The first part was largely incorporated in the History of the Rebellion, by the author. Almost the whole of the above is in the author's own handwriting.

Pp. 885-908 are pp. 1745-66, 1743-44 of a copy of the MS. of the History (xii. 80 'the unjust displeasure'-xii. 120 'agree with those'), a passage almost throughout common to the Life and History, but in a later text than that printed, being corrected.


  • Creation: Written by lord Clarendon in and after 1668


902 pages

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Clarendon 123

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. III, no. 16209

Custodial History

The MS. of the Life belonged in 1758 to the Marchioness of Queensberry and was deposited in the Bodleian as a donation from the Marquis on 18 Oct. 1759: see also p. 560.

Physical Facet

On paper


13 7/8 × 10 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom