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A packet of letters from nuns of the English convent at Cambray, bulk: chiefly dated 3 Mar 1655

MS. Rawl. A. 36, p. 45 seqq.

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A packet of letters, chiefly dated 3 Mar 1655, from nuns of the English convent at Cambray, complaining of proceedings on the part of Claude White, president of the English Benedictine congregation, to compel them to give up certain books of father Austin Baker's, charged with containing poisonous and diabolical doctrine; with a few general letters.

  1. (p. 45) From Catherine Gascoigne, abbess of the convent, to G. Conyers;
  2. (p. 47) Familiar letter from father W. Walgrave to lady Ann Brudenell, in Lincoln's Inn Fields;
  3. (p. 49) From Catherine Gascoigne to Pierre Vanderhaghen (under this name father Anselm Crowder appears to be addressed, being one of three priests consulted by the convent, and the others, Conyers and Robinson, being mentioned by their own names);
  4. (p. 53) From Christina Brent to Crowder;
  5. (pp. 55, 56) Demand made by White to the council of the convent for the delivery of Baker's books, with their answer;
  6. (p. 57) From Cath. Gascoigne to father Paul Robinson;
  7. (p. 61) Part of some instructions to an agent who was to consult with Conyers, Crowder, and Robinson;
  8. (p. 63) Letter from Christina Brent to her brother William Brent;
  9. (p. 65) Letter from father W. Walgrave to Conyers;
  10. (p. 67) From Christina Brent to Conyers;
  11. (p. 69) Familiar letter from Walgrave to Mrs. Elizabeth Scroope;
  12. (p. 73) To Crowder (addressed as Vanderhaghen) from Clare and Ursula Radclyffe, expressing their desire to make their profession at Cambray; 4 Mar 1656;
  13. (p. 75) From Justina Gascoigne, a nun at Paris, to her mother, lady Gascoigne; 12 Feb 1656;
  14. (p. 77) From Catherine Gascoigne to her brother, sir Thomas Gascoigne; 4 Mar 1656;
  15. (p. 79) From Catherine Gascoigne to Crowder (Pierre Vanderhaghen, merchant a Londres); 4 Mar 1656;
  16. (p. 81) From Walgrave to Richard Lovell, at Arundel house in the Strand; 4 Mar 1656;
  17. (p. 83) From Walgrave to Christopher Hatton; 4 Mar 1656;
  18. (p. 85) From Conyers to Cath. Gascoigne; 19 Jan 1656;
  19. (p. 89) From Crowder to Cath. Gascoigne, signed A.B.C. Written by an amanuensis, nephew to Mrs. Christ. Brent; 26 Jan 1656;
  20. (p. 91) Familiar letter from brother Bernard Salkeld to Mrs. Lettice Farburgh; 20 Jan 1656.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within chiefly dated 3 Mar 1655


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Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rawl. A. 36, p. 45 seqq.


  • Concerning Cath. Gascoigne, see Oliver's Collections illustrating the history of the English Benedictines, in the magazine entitled the Rambler , vol. vii. p. 510.
  • For a notice of Christina Brent, cf. Oliver, ubi sup. p. 511.


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