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Sarah Cooke's essays, 1718

MS. Eng. d. 4170
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Essays, with marginal notes, corrections, and an additional note pinned to one leaf. The inscription urges her heirs to preserve the papers if she does not return from Cornwall: 'I am now going into Cornwall & if it shall please ye Almighty that I do not live to return, I desire my papers which are in ye bottom of ye trunk may be taken care of perus’d by some of my nearest relations: who I hope for their own private use will endeavour to put that into some form which I unwisely leave in so rude & disordered a manner. In hast, Sarah Cooke, June 30, 1718'. The essays cover the following subjects:

  1. (fols. 7-32) 'Of Atheisme'
  2. (fols. 36-47 ) 'The Danger of Folly'
  3. (fols. 48-9) 'Of Swearing'
  4. (fols. 49-50) 'Of Lying'
  5. (fols. 51-2) 'Of Drunkeness'
  6. (fols. 53-61) 'Of Covetousness'
  7. (fols. 62-83) 'Of Pride, Envy & Self Conceit' and 'Of loosing our time'
  8. (fols. 85-116) 'Of Divine Providence and Contentment'
  9. (fols. 121-40) 'Of Faith'
  10. (fols. 141-80) 'Repentance'


  • Creation: 1718


116 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. d. 4170

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom