St John's College O.82 (James 607)

Roger Kenyon (?), Theological commonplace. English, 1680

A theological commonplace, perhaps in part compiled by Roger Kenyon (1666-c. 1724), Fellow of St John's College, while a young man; the date 1680 appears on the flyleaf. The contents, which principally consist of undated sermons or commentaries on Biblical verses in a number of hands, include: John Arrowsmith (1602-59), successively Master of St John's College and Trinity College, Cambridge, 'Divine Aphorismes'. Arrowsmith is referred to in the title simply as Master of St John's, which suggests a date between 1644 and 1653.

Manuscript extra information

180x117 mm. Not foliated (c. 200 fos). College bookplate (twentieth century) inside front cover. Once owned by Roger Kenyon, there are many of his signatures and pen flourishes on flyleaves at front and rear. No record of accession, though the MS was not included in James's catalogue. A modern note on the Kenyons' seventeenth-century pedigree is held with the volume.

At least four very different seventeenth-century hands. Paper. Original binding, leather on boards, repaired by David Yates of J. P. Gray & Son Ltd, Apr. 1973 (pencilled note inside back cover).