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A collection of copies of English historical treatises and records, Written in the first half of the 17th century

MS. Willis 57
Held at the Weston Library

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A collection of copies of English historical treatises and records:

  1. Fol. 3. A list of the manors and revenues assigned to prince Charles, about A.D. 1620: certified by Arthur Bassett, in Latin
  2. Fol. 39a. A list of subsidies raised in England, 1070-1523, with remarks on them and various tables connected with the subject, in Latin: at fol. 57 are various lists of high officers, and fees
  3. Fol. 101. 'A briefe colleccion by F. R. [?]', a treatise on the rights of bishops, deans, etc.: chap. 1 beg. 'An archbishoppe is a spirituall person secular': see art. 5
  4. Fol. 123. A treatise by sir John Davies on the subject of the king's right to impose taxes (about A.D. 1620), in 33 chapters (printed in 1656 and 1876): beg. 'This question Sir concerning your Maiesties prerogative': followed (fol. 192) by the Remonstrance of the House of Commons, 1614 (?)
  5. Fol. 237. A copy of art. 3 above, with large additions, originally in 27 chapters, of which only the first 14 are here, fol. 284 ending with the catchwords 'the Church', in chap. 15
  6. Fol. 285. A collection of all the offices and fees of the king's Courts, Household, Castles, Palaces, etc.
  7. Fol. 326. 'A lecture of Forests' on Forest law: beg. 'The Proheme. A regali solo ... Like as the radyant beames': at foll. 427-50 are copies of documents on the same subject
  8. Fol. 388. 'Mr William Bird's treatise of 1. The Lawe of Wreck ...', about questions of encroachment of the Sea, etc.
  9. Fol. 451. Bacon's short treatise on the office of Constables
  10. Fol. 457. Sir Robert Cotton on the Lawfulness of Combats, 1609
  11. Fol. 465. A brief abstract on the question of Precedency between England and Spain, by the same
  12. Fol. 473. 'That the kinges of England haue bine pleased vsuallie to consulte with theire Peeres on the great Counsells and Commons in Parlement, of Marriage, Peace and Warre', a treatise: beg. 'To search soe high as the Norman Conquest.'
  13. fol. 488. 'An answere made by comaunde of Prince Henry to certaine Propositions of Warr and Peace ...', in 14 heads: beg. 'Frames of Pollicie, as well as workes of Nature': about 1610 (?)

Each article is practically a separate MS.


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


527 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin


MS. Willis 57

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. 16351

Custodial History

Mark by which the Collection was referred to until about A.D. 1870: fol. 58

Physical Facet

On paper


13 × 8 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom