Davies, Sir John

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume, [1610], containing a treatise by Sir John Davies, Attorney General of Ireland, on royal regulation of commerce, beginning 'This question concerning your Majesties prerogative in laying Impositions upon Marchandizes'.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Davies was born in 1569. He became a barrister in Middle Temple, London, in 1595, and was elected as MP for Corfe Castle in 1601. Davies was appointed Solicitor General for Ireland in 1603, and served as Attorney-General from 1606-1619. During this period he was MP for County Fermanagh and Speaker of the Irish Parliament, 1613, and MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, 1614 and 1621. He was appointed Chief Justice of England in 1626, but died before he was able to take up office. Davies wrote extensively on government history and also wrote poetry.

Publications: A full list of the works of Sir John Davies may be found in the British Library catalogue.


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Acquisition Information

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript folio. Original vellum binding.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

The manuscript bears the book plate of William Grant, Lord Prestongrange (1701-1764), and is inscribed by William Herbert (1718-1795), whose library was sold in 1796. It was bought by William Somerton Foxwell.


Printed as The question concerning impositions, tonnage, poundage... (1656), with a second edition in 1659.

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