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Depositions and various memoranda relating to the trial, before the archbp. of Canterbury, of Thomas Watson, bp. of St. David's, deprived for simony, 1696–1700

MS. Rawl. B. 380, fols. 1–298
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

The memoranda are in the handwriting of sir John Cooke, D.C.L.

The following papers, all (except fol. 254) written by sir J. Cooke, are also included:

  1. (fol. 177) Commencement of a reply to [Ferguson's] Review of [Cooke's] Summary view of the case;
  2. (fol. 244) Draught of a letter from Cooke, without an address, on Ferguson's Review, 15 Sep 1703;
  3. (fol. 246) Postscript to Cooke's Summary view, with additions in the handwriting of Dr. Edmund Gibson, afterwards bishop of London;
  4. (fol. 248) Speech of bp. Burnet, as one of the assessors, 3 Aug 1699, the day of Watson's deprivation;
  5. (fol. 254) Speech of archbishop Tenison on pronouncing sentence, with notes and alterations, some of which appear to be in his own hand;
  6. (fol. 269) "A short view of the simony and other crimes charg'd and proved against the late bishop of St. David's."


  • Creation: 1696–1700


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Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rawl. B. 380, fols. 1–298


  • (fol. 246) is printed, with the additions, at the end of the Summary view, etc. , in octavo. Lond. 1701.
  • (fol. 269) is the original MS. of the greater part of Cooke's Summary view , with verbal differences from the printed copy.


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