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English papers relating to the Nonjurors

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MS. Eng. th. e. 20
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English papers relating to the Nonjurors, copied about A.D. 1692 (?) and 1710 (?):

  1. P. 1. 'An Answer to the Bishop of St. Asaph's [dr. Will. Lloyd's] Discourse of God's ways of disposing of Kingdoms ...' by Theophilus Downes, M.A. (as stated in the list of contents): the discourse was printed in 1691: this reply begins 'The Bp. in his Epistle to the Reader': the corrections are such as would be made by an author or editor. At p. 121 follows a section 'thought fit to be left out of the ... Answer', entitled 'The Law of Nations not distinct from the Law of Nature', by the same: beg. 'The Law of Nations is much spoken of'
  2. P. 133. An unsigned letter in favour of the rights of the Pretender to the crown of England: beg. 'Sr, the Right the has to the government of these K[ingdoms]', stated in the list of contents on p. i to be also by T. Downes. The handwriting from p. 133 to the end appears to be that of Charles Leslie, see art. 7
  3. P. 153. 'An Apology for the suffering Bishops, etc.', beg. 'The Clergy, & especially the Bishops', (1691 or 1692?): an erased entry on p. i seems to be 'written by Sr Fr. R...'
  4. P. 201. 'An Account of the late Proposals of the A: Bp. of Canterbury with some other Bps., to his Majesty, in a letter to N: B: Esqr': beg. 'Sr, I am much surpriz'd at the ill constructions': signed 'N. N.' (about 1689 ?)
  5. P. 207. 'Some short Memoirs of the Parliament ... 19th [-25] May 1685 ... transcribed from my Ld. of Norwich's Book (I think) in his own hand.'
  6. P. 215. 'A Brief Resolution of that grand case of conscience concerning the Allegiance due to a Prince ejected by force out of his Kingdom. By Dr. Hammond.'
  7. P. 221. Some short pieces: (a) (p. 221) 'Dr. [Simon] Lowth's letter to Dr. Beverige' on the nomination to the see of Bath and Wells in 1691: (b) (p. 222) A writ of intrusion against archbp. Sancroft, 1691, in Latin: (c) (p. 223) some letters, etc., concerning Nonjuring which passed between Samuel Parker and Charles Leslie, 1710. From expressions on pp. 227, 231 it would seem that Charles Leslie himself wrote pp. 133-235, and probably the whole volume at two periods


  • Creation: written partly late in the 17th century, and partly about A.D. 1700 by Charles Leslie (?)


236 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. th. e. 20, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. th. e. 20

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19594


English papers relating to the Nonjurors

Biographical / Historical

Charles Leslie (1810-1870) was Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.

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. 33651

Custodial History

Owned apparently by William Cecill, who has added the date '1688' referring to the period treated in the volume. William Cecill presented it to Hilkiah Bedford, in whose library it was 'Miscellanea 47.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought 28th July 1906 from H. Hurd.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 3/8 × 6 5/8 in.

English papers relating to the Nonjurors
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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