St John's College MS O.90

Speeches of John Barrett, lists and academic exercises. Latin, c.1620-75.



  1. Oratio domini Barret tunc tripodis 29 die Martij 1620. Latin speech. This is presumably John Barrett of St John's College (BA 1618-9, MA 1622, fellow 1625). 7p.
  2. Latin letter from Thomas Morton, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, to an unknown recipient. Undated (c. 1619-32). 11p.
  3. Oratio magistri Barret tunc praevaricatoris 1622. Latin speech, presumably by John Barrett. 11p.
  4. Lists of the masters and fellows of Cambridge colleges (c. 1675), of praevaricators (1673) and tripodes (1670-4), a total for the number of fellows in the university, a list of 'fratres juniores inter tripodes' (1671-5), and a list of books (undated). 28p.
  5. Plus dedetoris sororem interficiendo tulit Horatius quam detoris [?] curatios. Latin declamation. 6p (this and the following items are at the other end of the volume).
  6. Iniuste Virginius occidit Virginiam. Latin declamation dated 8 Oct. 1625. 6p.
  7. Latin declamation beginning Inter togatos nulla pax est dixit Seneca. 1p.
  8. Utrum dentur plures formae substantiales in eodem composito. Latin text giving arguments for and against the question. 4p.
  9. Non datur in rerum natura inviolabilis connexio causarum in impedibilium. Latin text giving arguments for and against the question. 3p.
  10. Utrum iudex teneatur sententiam ferre 2dum alleg. & probata. Latin text giving arguments for and against the question. 6p.
  11. Occidat dum imperet. Latin declamation. 5p.
Manuscript extra information

135 x 85mm. 88 pages + many blanks. Paper. In a variety of hands. A note on the flyleaf suggests that items 1-3 and 5-9 were written by Allen Henman (admitted to St John's College 1622, BA 1625-6, fellow 1629-30). Item 4 is in the hand of Thomas Henman (admitted to St John's 1671, BA 1675-6) whose inscription appears on the flyleaf: Bonis Thomae Henman Coll Divi Johannis apud Cantabrigienses 1674. Items 10 and 11 are in two different, unidentified hands. Binding: 17th-century blind-tooled calf over pulp boards; edges to textblock sprinkled red; rebacked and repaired by David Yates of J.P. Gray & Son, April 1973 (pencil note inside back board).

From the library of the Rev. Arthur Harris, vicar of East Farleigh, purchased by Mark Noble, rector of Barming, Kent (inscription on flyleaf). Bought from Howes bookshop, 1966 (pencil note on flyleaf; minutes of Library Committee, 1 Dec. 1966).