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"The history of the life and death of John Witcliff, S.T.P........., with an account of his writings and opinions, collected from original MSS. and records. By John Lewis, A.M., Minister of Mercgate, and Master of East-Bridge Hospital near Canterbury", 18th century

MS. Rawl. C. 979

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The author's last and unpublished revision of the Life of Wickliffe, originally printed in 1720, containing much additional matter, and being in great part entirely re-written.

Prefixed are:

  1. Dedication to the University of Oxford, in which Lewis describes himself as having been a "battellor" of Exeter College in 1694;
  2. Preface vindicating Wickliffe from the charge of favouring the tenets of the Anabaptists.

At the end is added an analysis of Wickliffe's Trialogus. The first page of the volume is marked with the date, "March 9, 1741."


  • Creation: 18th century


164 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rawl. C. 979


This volume was not one of Rawlinson's MSS., but has been placed amongst them because so large a proportion of Lewis's volumes are to be found there.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This volume was bought at Lewis's sale in 1749, by Joseph Ames for 3s.; appeared in his sale Catalogue in 1760, No. 684; was bought at the sale of Mark Cephas Tutet's library (No. 380) in 1786 by — Collins for 16s.; and by the Bodleian Library in the year 1835 for £4 14s. 6d.

Physical Facet

On paper, in folio


Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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