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St John's College S.26 (James 418)

Artificial collection of separate tracts, proclamations and pamphlets. Latin and English, various dates

S.26 was originally an artificial collection of miscellaneous political and religious tracts and other papers, bound together either by the donor, or shortly after donation. This volume was broken up in the mid nineteenth century (after Cowie's catalogue was compiled). Several items were then transferred to SJC, MS K.35. The remaining items were bound in three vols as follows:

1. Tract in Latin on two theological subjects, the first part incomplete at the beginning, the second headed 'Salus in Servatore', both citing the Bible, the Church fathers, classical authors and Protestant reformers (Bullinger, Zwingli, Melanchthon). No date, but sixteenth century.

2. 'The Life of Mr Matthew Robinson M.A. [1628-92] Vicar of Burniston in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and Diocese of Chester; and some time Fellow of St John College Cambridge. All written with his own hand, excepting the four last pages' (fo. 1r). In fact, fos 3, 4, 14 and 15 are not in Robinson's hand. The additional material on fos 14 and 15 is signed 'G[eorge] Grey [or Gray, Robinson's nephew]'. Fo. 3 carries Robinson's monumental inscription, while fo. 4 offers a brief chronology of his life on the flyleaf of a letter addressed to Jo: [or, perhaps, To --] Gray Esq. (eighteenth century). The same flyleaf carries a note in Thomas Baker's hand: 'Apr: 3tio 1650. Ego Math: Robinson Dunelmensis admissus sum in perpetuum Socium pro D: Fundatrice'. This Life was edited by J. E. B. Mayor as volume 2 of Cambridge in the seventeenth centur (Cambridge, 1856). The MS is described at p. 83.

3. 'A Journall or Diary of the most materiall Passages propounded, and Discussed in the Second Session of the Lower House of Parliament holden at Westminster continued the xxth Day of January 1628 in the fourth yeare of the Raigne of King Charles, and dissolved the 10th day of March Anno Dni 1628. Together with his Majesties Proclamation, Speech and Declaration of the Causes which moved him to dissolve the same.' Incomplete, ending at 6 March. The hand is contemporary with the events it describes. This is a copy of 'A true relation of every days proceedings in Parliament', for which see Wallace Notestein and Frances Helen Relf (eds), Commons debates for 1629 (Minneapolis, 1921). Bound with the following printed material: A proclamation for the apprehension of Walter Long, Esquire, and William Strode, Gentleman (STC 8922, London, 1629); A proclamation for suppressing false rumours touching Parliament (STC 8921, London, 1629); His majesties declaration to all his louing subiects, of the causes which moved him to dissolve the last Parliament (London, 1628); Articles of religion, agreed upon by the archbishops, and bishops, and the rest of the clergie of Ireland, in the Convocation holden at Dublin in the yeare of our Lord God 1615 (STC 14262, London, 1628), the latter annotated by Thomas Baker. Respectively items 3, 5, 4, 12, and 13 in the James catalogue.

Supplementary information 

305x225; 324x236; 315x205 mm. 6 fos (modern foliation) + 22 pp. (original pagination); ii+15+ii fos (modern foliation); ii+30 fos (excluding printed items, modern foliation). 1. was presented to Thomas Baker by the antiquary Francis Peck (1692-1743) in 1731 (Peck's inscription at p. 22). 2. carries an inscription at fo. 5r in the hand of Zachary Grey (1688-1766) of Jesus College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and fos 3 and 4 may also be in Grey's hand. Zachary Grey was Robinson's nephew, and George Grey's brother. He was also a close associate of Thomas Baker. 'Tho: Baker Coll: Jo: Socius ejectus' on fo. 2r. No separate record of donation for 3., save that the original S.26 apparently came to the College via Thomas Baker. All three vols have College bookplates inside the front covers.

1. in a fine large italic, with a few corrections, underlinings and marginal notes; 2. autographs of Robinson, George and Zachary Grey; several corrections and deletions in Robinson's text; 3. a clean copy in an accomplished secretary hand. Paper. All three bound in half leather; 1. marbled paper on boards, the other vols standard cloth on boards. An inscription inside the front cover records that 3. was bound in Sep. 1879.

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