St John’s College Aa.3 (part) (James 503)

Henry Docker, Commonplace book. English, Latin and Greek, 1685-1715

Henry Docker, of St John’s College, Cambridge (1665 or 6 - 1721): commonplace book, begun while an undergraduate at St John’s, but containing entries dated through to 1715. Political, religious and legal entries, with some, usually lighthearted, verse. There is a brief index on pp. 362-3. The contents include: ‘The Bishop of Valence’s speech to the King of France at Versaill’s the 14 of July 1685’ (p. 27); ‘In obitum doctissimi viri J[ames] Jackson [d. 1686] M: D: Aulae Clarensis praesidis’ (p. 37); ‘Mr Smallwoods verses’ (p. 39); ‘A Speech before the Dutchesse of Yorke and the Lady Anne at St Peters College in Cambridge by Dr [Joseph] Beaumont [1616-99] Master of the same and Regius Divinity Professor, Sept 28 [16]80’ (p. 44); ‘A Speech made to his Majesty at Newmarkett by Dr [Humphrey] Gower [d. 1711] Master of St Johns College in Cambridge, Vice-Chancellor 1681’ (p. 45); ‘On Occasional Conformity 1703’ (p. 59); ‘An Encomium on the Parliament, 1699’ (p. 61); ‘The Calves head Club Anthem on the 30th of January 1696’ (p. 67); ‘1704 On the New Medall, with the Queen on one side and the Generall D. Malbrough [John Churchill, first duke of Marlborough, 1650-1722] on his prancing horse on the other’ (p. 73); ‘The Lord Havershams speech in the house of Peers on Thursday November 23 1704’ (p. 75); ‘An Epistle from Jemmy Singleton to his friend Tho: Pullen about the Election of Races, 1708’ (p. 85); ‘The Devil and Dr Burnett [Gilbert Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury], 1715’ (p. 92); ‘Nero the Second, 1715’ (p. 94); ‘A Letter to Bishop Burnett from the Presbytery of Whigtown upon his Speech in the house of Lords’ (p. 98); ‘A Computation of forraine Coynes with the English’ (p. 100); ‘Collectiones ex Antiquitatibus Justi Lipsii’ (p. 129); ‘Observationes Physicae ad Methodum Legrand’ (p. 189); ‘A Letter from the May Pole in the Strand to the May Pole in Turnam’ (p. 198); ‘The Lord Bolingbrooke prov’d guilty of high treason’ (p. 227); ‘Pasquin to the Queens Statue at St Pauls during the procession January 26 1714’ (p. 236); ‘The New Court, to the tune of To all you Ladies now at hand’ (p. 241); ‘The Queens Speech at the breaking up of the Parliament July 1713’ (p. 262); ‘The British Ambassadress’s Speech to the French King 1712, Duchess of Shrewsbury’ (p. 265); the genealogies of Christ and antichrist (p. 270); ‘Upon the Tryall of Dr Henry Sacheverell 1709/10’ (p. 280); ‘A receipt how to make a right presbyterian in two days’ (p. 301); ‘December 20 1712, The humble Address of the Chief Inhabitants and Burgesses of your Majesties most Loyal and ancient City of Edinburgh’ (p. 312); ‘The State Gamesters or the Old Cards new pack’d and shuffl’d 1714’ (p. 321); definitions of Whig and Tory, from John Toland, The Memorial of the state of England, London, 1705 (p. 354); brief notes on the foundation of Cambridge and Oxford Universities (p. 356).

Manuscript extra information

193x153 mm. ii+364 pp. (contemporary pagination, several blanks). On flyleaf: ‘Henry Docker his Booke St Johns College Cambridge August 4th 1686’, and the signatures of Elizabeth Alderson (his wife?) and Henry Docker. Inside front cover the price 2s (seventeenth century) and two ex libris inscriptions by Henry Docker as an undergraduate, dated 1685. The MS was once Phillipps MS 16569. It was presented to Sir Thomas Phillipps by the Revd William Valentine on 30 Aug. 1861 (inscription on flyleaf). The entry from the relevant Sotheby’s Phillipps Sale catalogue is pasted inside the back cover. The MS was presented to the College by Robert Forsyth Scott (1849-1933), Fellow and subsequently Master of St John’s, in 1907 (College donation plate inside front cover).

Autograph. Paper. Original blind-tooled leather on boards.