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'Horae Subsecivae, or Missellanies in Prose & Verse,' in four books

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MS. Add. A. 301
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'Horae Subsecivae, or Missellanies in Prose & Verse,' in four books, consisting of seventy-two pieces of the second half of the 17th century, of which there is a full catalogue in the Library.

Some are political, some amorous, some about the Church of England, a few religious; one or two are connected with Huntingdon (fols. xiv, xiv). The following are the chief contents:

  1. (fol. xvi) 'The Government of the Passions, by way of abstract ... 1693. By W. A. Esq.,. a long prose treatise in two parts;
  2. (fol. 144) Copies of letters between G. Cater of West Alvington in Devon and the rev. William Hayes of Papworth st. Agnes on church matters 1662-1663;
  3. (fol. 52v rev., cf. xviv rev.) 'Some Jacobite Satyrs' in verse;
  4. (fol. 47v rev.) , A Funerall Oration spoaken over the Grave of the Lady Elizabeth Countesse of Essex by her Husband Sir Tho: Higgons ... Sept. 16, 1650.'


  • Creation: written about A. D. 1700 or somewhat later


130 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. A. 301, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. A. 301

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19912


'Horae Subsecivae, or Missellanies in Prose & Verse,' in four books, written about A. D. 1700 or somewhat later.

Biographical / Historical

G. Cater (fl. 1662-1663).

William Hayes (d. 1673) was rector of Papworth St. Agnes.

Sir Thomas Higgons (1623/4–1691) was a politician and author.

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. V, no. 29495.

Custodial History

Given by J. Cater to William Cole the antiquary in 1756; in the Dalrymple sale and that of Joseph Haslewood (1833. lot 1386); sold by - Evans the London bookseller in l834; owned in 1836 by Reginald Peacock, whose armorial bookplate (with the motto 'Toujours le même') is in the book.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought on March 18, 1885, from George P. Johnston, bookseller of Edinburgh.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 7/8 × 7 1/8 in.

'Horae Subsecivae, or Missellanies in Prose & Verse,' in four books
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