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Papers relating to John Durie

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MS. Lat. th. c. 8
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Papers relating to John Durie (Johannes Duræus, d. 1680) and his efforts to promote unity among the Protestant countries of Europe, 1654-58, 1669-70. Some are printed, and among the manuscript items are:

  1. Fols. 20, 44, 125, 129, 131, 141, 168, 172, 199, 208. Ten Latin and German letters from Durie, 1656-70, chiefly copies
  2. Copies of four Latin letters to Durie, from Antonius Legerus, Nov. 26, 1655 (fol. 53), from the Waldensian churches, Oct. 10, 1655 (fol. 60, cf. 55), from Nicolaüs Treviranus, Aug. 20, 1655 (fol. 63), and from Frederick count Palatine of the Rhine, Oct. 10, 1655 (fol. 95)
  3. Fol. 103. A copy of a Latin declaration in favour of unity signed by divines in Oxford, Cambridge, and London, about 1655: beg. 'Quod in tot et tantis'
  4. Fol. 143. 'Hypomnemata de negotiatione pacifica a Johanne Duræo suscepta ...', Aug. 1670, by Durie, with a German translation of the document ('Erinnerung Schriftt') at fol. 205
  5. Fol. 162. 'Johan Duræi Cogitata' on the same subject, addressed to the ministers of Berlin, about 1670
  6. Fol. 179. 'Disquisitio amica inter Johannem Duræum et Mrum Hieronijmum Sivertum' Magdeburgensem, on the same subject, Dec. 5/15, 1669

Some of the above papers are copies attested and sealed by Fridericus Christianus Salmuth a notary public, 1656, see fols. 53, 58, 61, 106, 112. Durie's autograph only occurs at fols. 20, 126, 199, and at the end of a few other pieces. A few modern notes about Durie occupy fols. 232-40.


  • Creation: Written in A.D. 1654-1670


241 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • German

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Lat. th. c. 8, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Lat. th. c. 8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19576


Papers relating to John Durie

Biographical / Historical

John Durie (1596-1680) was a theologian.

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. VI, no. 33557

Custodial History

Fol. 231 seems to indicate that David Laing (d. 1878) owned this volume.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from G. P. Johnston, of Edinburgh (Catal. of Curious Books, 1905, art. 143) on Oct. 23, 1905.

Physical Facet

On paper


11 1/2 × 8 3/8 in.

Papers relating to John Durie
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