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Treatises relating to the Church of England

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MS. Add. A. 213
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Treatises relating to the Church of England:

  1. (fol. 1). 'Σ | Advizing Th | But | Submitting all to... (the judgment?) | Of | Our H. Mother, the Church of England' (about A.D. 1660 ?). These are notes on the Book of Common Prayer (1639, 4°) suggesting changes: all in the autograph of bp. Matthew Wren (d. 1667) and published in 1874. The tops of the first few leaves including the above title are damaged by fire. On fol. 1 is a reference to fifteen years past since (apparently) 1645.
  2. (fol. 29). 'Avis demandè a un Theologien par dela la Mer sur les Articles de la Comprehension', on the union of Protestants (late 17th century?). The text beg. '1. Pour Fondement d'une veritable Réunion': the author wrote, and published in 1684, a 'Traktè de ladiversitè des Disciplines et de l'Episcopat d'Angleterre' (fol. 42). At fol. 57 follows an English translation of the foregoing, entitled 'The Advice of a Divine beyond sea about the Articles of Comprehension.'
  3. (fol. 82). A copy of a Latin treatise on the reunion of the Presbyterian and Episcopal Churches, by Fredericus Spanhemius (d. 1701), text beg. 'Constat spem unicam ' (late 17th century): a shorter form than the printed Judicium super dissidio Anglicano.
  4. (fol. 101). 'An Essay on the Liturgy for the rendering of it more plain & acceptable to many People' (late 17th century), suggested in an old hand to be by 'Dr. Tillotson.'


  • Creation: written in the second half of the 17th century


115 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. A. 213, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. A. 213

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18841


Treatises relating to the Church of England, written in the second half of the 17th century.

Biographical / Historical

Matthew Wren (1585–1667) was bishop of Ely.

Friedrich Spanheim (1632-1701) was a theologian, historian and librarian.

John Tillotson (1630–1694) was archbishop of Canterbury.

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. 29177.

Custodial History

This volume came to bp. W. K. Hamilton's father through bp. Richard Terrick (d. 1777), and was presented by bp. Hamilton in 1859 to bp. William Jacobson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

William Jacobson gave this manuscript to the Bodleian in 1880.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 3/8 × 6 3/8 in.

Treatises relating to the Church of England
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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Weston Library
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