John Donne and others: Sermons and other writings

Scope and Content

The volume contains 26 items, in different hands and on different sizes of paper, many anonymous. There are eight sermons by John Donne, and others by Thomas Moore and Josias Shute. There is also a Latin letter from Thomas Egerton to his father John, 1st Earl of Bridgewater, and some geographical material. The volume has the Bridgewater crest and the bookplate of the Bridgewater Library.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Donne (1572-1631), poet and Dean of St Paul's; Thomas Egerton; Thomas Moore (M.A. Cantab, 1616); Josias Shute (1588-1643), archdeacon of Colchester; and others.

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 L. Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Alternative Form Available

Cambridge University Library holds a microfilm copy of the volume, Microfilm MS 9499.

Custodial History

The volume was in the possession of the Egerton family, Earls of Bridgewater, and was bought by Sir Geoffrey Keynes at the sale of the Bridgewater Library in 1951.


The volume is described by Sir Geoffrey Keynes in the article 'John Donne's Sermons' in the Times literary supplement, 28 May 1954, p. 351, and in G.R. Potter and E. Simpson eds., The sermons of John Donne, Vol. II (Berkeley, California, 1955), Appendix A, p. 365.