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MS. Eng. hist. b. 2

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Letters and papers chiefly by or concerning Nonjurors, 1689-1710, with a few earlier; many relate to dr. George Hickes. There is a full list of the contents of this volume, with index, in manuscript in the Library, and only specimens of the papers can here be mentioned, as follows:
  1. (fol. 16) 'Reason for the suppressinge of Arminianisme...', about 1630-1635;
  2. (fol. 47) 'Mr Van-Brugg's Proposals about Building the new Churches', in London, 1711;
  3. (fol. 52) A narrative of the circumstances leading to the first consecration of a bishop by the Nonjurors in Feb. 1691, 'July A° 1710, from ... own mouth', beg. 'After the deprivation';
  4. (fol. 65) Three letters from Thomas Baker of St. John's college, Cambridge, one dated 1730;
  5. (fol. 72) Copy by dr. Hickes of a letter from Charles ii to the duke of Lauderdale, June 14, 1678;
  6. (fol. 77) A letter from Henry earl of Clarendon to dr. Hickes, Oct. 22, 1707, in vindication of his father, the first earl;
  7. (fol. 83) 'A Relation of Sr Sackville Crow ...' about the Jesuits in England during the Commonwealth, copied by 'George Evans', Sept. 1698;
  8. (fol. 87) Four letters from dr. Henry Dodwell, 1694-1709;
  9. (fol. 106) Testimonial of the vestry of All Hallows, Barking, in favour of dr. Hickes, July 16, 1682;
  10. (fol. 107) Copy by dr. Hickes of his protest against his being deprived of the deanery of Worcester, May 2, 1692, followed by a draft of it;
  11. (fol. 121) Nineteen letters from dr. Hickes, some copies or drafts, 1701-1713;
  12. (fol. 196) Copies of four letters from bp. Ken, three to Mrs. Jessen, one to queen Mary, April 1692;
  13. (fol. 199) Three letters from dr. White Kennet to dr. Hickes, 1711;
  14. (fol. 214) Three letters from bp. William Lloyd, 1705-1707;
  15. (fol. 268) Three letters from Ralph Thoresby, 1703-1706;
  16. (fol. 285) 'Reflections upon the Bishop of Sarum's Pastorall Letter ...', 1689, a copy, incomplete: the author was perhaps Jonathan ----, see fol. 284v.


  • written chiefly about A.D. 1689-1713


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

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CMD ID 20144


Letters and papers chiefly by or concerning Nonjurors, written chiefly about A.D. 1689-1713.

Biographical / Historical

George Hickes (1642–1715) was a bishop of the nonjuring Church of England and antiquary.

Thomas Baker (1656–1740) was a nonjuring Church of England clergyman and antiquary.

Henry Hyde, second earl of Clarendon (1638–1709) was a politician.

George Evans (bap. 1631, d. 1702) was an antiquary.

Henry Dodwell (1641–1711) was a scholar and theologian.

Thomas Ken (1637–1711) was bishop of Bath and Wells and a nonjuror.

White Kennett (1660-1728) was a bishop and antiquarian.

William Lloyd (1627–1717) was bishop of Worcester.

Ralph Thoresby (1658–1725) was an antiquary and topographer.

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. 29778.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from mr. H. Evans (five letters from whom, April-June, 1888, are at fol. 2) on April 29 and May 23, 1888, for £8 1s.

Related Materials

See also MS. Eng. hist. d. 1.

Physical Facet

On paper


16 1/8 × 10 in.
Letters and papers chiefly by or concerning Nonjurors
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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