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St John's College S.67 (James 452)

William Craven and John Palmer, Sermons. English, 1760-75 and undated

William Craven, Master of St John's College (d. 1815), and John Palmer, Fellow of St John's and Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic at Cambridge (1769-1840): artificial collection of sermons preached in Cambridgeshire parishes, where identified, 1760-75 and undated. The parishes and dates are given by Craven only, being listed together on the original paper covers of each sermon. These parishes include Babraham, Fen Drayton, Horningsea, Impington, Lolworth, Middlesmere, Milton and Westley. The texts of Craven's sermons (fos 1-83) include Job ii.10, John v.39, Galatians vi.9 and 10, Ephesians vi.13, Philip ii.12 and 13. Palmer's texts (fo. 84r onwards) include Joshua xxiv.15, Psalm cxix.59 and 60, Matthew v.16, 1 Corinthians xi.24 and 2 Corinthians iv.18. Craven's sermons are similar to those in S.65, only the pieces in this vol. do not seem to have been used after 1775. See also SJC, MSS K.41-43.

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250x155 mm. 146 fos. The verso is usually blank, unless, as frequently happens with Craven's MSS, it carries additions to the facing text. College bookplate (nineteenth century) inside front cover. There is no clue as to provenance, though the MS is not in Cowie and so presumably came to the Library, or was first catalogued, after 1843.

Two autograph hands throughout, with, in Craven's case, many corrections. Paper, considerably stained by damp. A collection of several sermons each in paper covers on paper of various sizes, bound in a standard nineteenth-century commercial cloth binding, gold lettering on spine: 'Sermons of Dr. Craven and Mr. Palmer. MSS.'

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