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Manuscript beg. 'The Reformation of religion in Northamptonshire', written in the first half of the 17th century

MS. Bodl. 307
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (xii: fol. 1) 'The Reformation of religion in Northamptonshire', an account by Stephens of the sufferings of the clergy there during the Civil War and Commonwealth.
  2. (ii: fol. 12) 'The order for Sequestration of the leses and profitts of Sutton from mr Stephens ... 8 August 1644 ...', with a commentary on it by Stephens and a valuable account (fol. 23) of Northamptonshire clergy who similarly suffered.
  3. (xvii: fol. 33) 'Fundamentall errors of the Presbyterians', by Stephens.
  4. (fol. 46) 'Of the great number of lawyers & their increase within 400 years last past', with some reference to the persecution of the clergy, by Stephens.
  5. (xxi: fol. 88) 'Observations touching the troubles of the times', 1636-about 1650 (?), by Stephens.
  6. (fol. 99) 'A discourse taken out of a Dialogue printed by a minister 1605, deprjued by the bishops ... 1603', i.e. after the Hampton Court Conference Jan. 1603/4. The discourse is 'by John Sanford J. C. [i.e. barrister] 1652', copied by Stephens.
  7. (ix: fol. 108) 'A discourse upon the seaven vialls of Gods wrathe ...', against puritanism, in seven chapters: apparently by Stephens.
  8. (xiv: fol. 141a) 'A briefe survay of the Clergy Lands', by Ephraim Udall (see fol. 154), copied by Stephens, who adds a postscript.
  9. (i: fol. 156) A law 'reading' on Impropriations, in French and Latin, written out by a clerk, with an original letter (fol. 166) from Eusebius Andrews, the author of the reading, to sir H. Spelman, Dec. 20, 1616.
  10. (fol. 168) 'A treatise concerning holines of mjnisters' and (fol. 182) '... places', by Stephens.
  11. (fol. 186) 'A letter written out of the country to a Parliament man, in answer to a question ... How the people generally stood enclined to the proceedings against the king & the intended change of governement', 1649: beg. 'Sir, I suppose you have made choice of me': copied (perhaps written) by Stephens.
  12. (fol. 192) Copies or drafts of some letters from Stephens, with other miscellaneous papers, including one original letter to his wife (fol. 195b), and an (imperfect) leaf (fol. 211) containing 'The names of such priuy councellors noblemen and others [of the kings] chamber as are appointed to attend his majesty into Scotland', A.D. 1617.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 17th century


235 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French
  • Latin


MS. Bodl. 307

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. V, no. 27683.

Physical Facet

On paper

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom