William Hay: Religio philosophi

Scope and Content

An unsigned manuscript translation into French of the fourth edition (London, 1771) of Hay's Religio philosophi. There are two inserted items in English: a letter from Arnold C. Klebs, 11 July 1929, at the front of the volume, and an obituary notice of Klebs by Erik Walker, 1943, at the back.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Hay (1695-1755), author, was born at Glyndebourne, Sussex, on 21 August 1695. He was educated at Newick and Lewes, and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1712. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1715, and was called to the bar in 1723. Hay was M.P. for Seaford, 1734-1755. He was appointed commissioner for victualling the navy in 1738, and keeper of the Tower records in 1753. He was the author of Religio philosophi, or the principle of morality and Christianity, illustrated from a view of the universe and of man's situation in it (London, 1753). He died of apoplexy at Glyndebourne on 22 June 1755.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Hay in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. IX (London, 1908), pp. 277-278.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is no 1367 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 141.