Skip to main content

Archive of Philip and Matthew Henry


  • How to

Papers and correspondence of Philip and Matthew Henry, and of the Henry family, consisting of:

  1. Commonplace books, containing mainly extracts from printed books, many on religious subjects, late 17th-18th century
  2. Volume containing accounts and rental, and copies of deeds, wills and executors' accounts, with notes of births and deaths of members of the Henry family, 17th century, with some later additions
  3. The diary of Matthew Henry, 1705-1713
  4. Transcript, 18th century, of vol. 6 and part of vol. 7 of the diary of Sarah Savage, sister of Matthew Henry, 1714-1723
  5. Correspondence of the Henry family, 1652-1713


  • Creation: 17th-18th century


0.31 Linear metres (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. c. 293, fols. 1-2].

Please see our help page for further guidance on citing archives and manuscripts.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 293, d. 311, e. 330-331; Eng. lett. e. 29

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17328, 7442, 7443


Archive of Philip and Matthew Henry

Biographical / Historical

The Henry family were nonconformists of Broad Oak, Flintshire. Philip Henry (1631-1696) was a nonconformist minister and diarist. Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was a commentator. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library in 1949.


  • Extracts from the diaries of Matthew Henry and Sarah Savage are printed in J.B. Williams, Memoirs of the life, character and writings of the Rev. Matthew Henry (2nd ed., London, 1865) and Memoirs of the life and character of Mrs Savage (Shrewsbury, 1818).
Catalogue of the archive of Philip and Matthew Henry
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom