Papers of Philip and Matthew Henry

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 293, d. 311, e. 330-1; Eng. lett. e. 29
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-18th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      5 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence of Philip and Matthew Henry, and of the Henry family, consisting of:  

  • Commonplace books, containing mainly extracts from printed books, many on religious subjects, late 17th-18th century
  • Volume containing accounts and rental, and copies of deeds, wills and executors' accounts, with notes of births and deaths of members of the Henry family, 17th century, with some later additions
  • The diary of Matthew Henry, 1705-13
  • Transcript, 18th century, of vol. 6 and part of vol. 7 of the diary of Sarah Savage, sister of Matthew Henry, 1714-23
  • Correspondence of the Henry family, 1652-1713

Administrative / Biographical History

The Henry family were nonconformists of Broad Oak, Flintshire. Philip Henry (1631-1696) was a nonconformist minister and diarist. Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was a commentator. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1949.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 43749-53.


Extracts from the diaries of Matthew Henry and Sarah Savage are printed in J.B. Williams, Memoirs of the life, character and writings of the Rev. Matthew Henry (2nd ed., London, 1865) and Memoirs of the life and character of Mrs Savage (Shrewsbury, 1818).