The volume is largely written in the hand of Richard Parker, vicar of Dedham (1582-90), secretary of the Classis, and evidently compiled from notes, etc., taken at the time. The manuscript contains:
- folios 1-1v: rules drawn up at a Conference of 22 October 1582 (ending with the autograph signatures of 20 ministers);
- folios 2-12: minutes of 81 meetings, held mostly in east and north-east Essex, December 1582 - June 1589;
- folios 26-39: copies by Parker of letters and papers relating to and illustrative of the above meetings;
- folios 13-25, 40-55: other writings conferred of in our meetings.
Folios 13-25 and 31 have been bound out of order and Parker's foliation, which ends with the present folio 39 (his folio 26), ignores them.