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Commonplace book of Dr Ralph Baker

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MS. Tanner 469
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A theological commonplace book of Dr Ralph Baker, chaplain to archbp. Tillotson, on such subjects as popes, bishops and councils.

Much of it is in shorthand, and some pages are torn.


  • Creation: second half of the 17th century


53 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Tanner 469, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Tanner 469

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21131


Commonplace book of Dr Ralph Baker.

Biographical / Historical

Dr Ralph Barker (1648-1708) was a chaplain.

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. III, no. 13661.

Custodial History

The following note by Tanner is on the cover, "He [Dr. Barker] had a brother's son Mr. Barker who was partner with Mr. Hays in Norwich, and left at his house several MSS., some of which coming into the hands of Mr. Pickering, he gave me this, and an 8° volume of Abp. Tillotson's sermons in short hand."]

At the time descriptions were made for the Summary catalogue of western manuscripts, vol. iii, this MS. was among the Rawlinson MSS.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

By his will Tanner's manuscripts passed to the Library, and were received in 1736, about three months after his death.

Physical Facet

On paper


13 1/8 × 8 3/8 in.

Commonplace book of Dr Ralph Baker
EAD version 2021 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom