John Archer: Book of Religious Treatise and Sermons

Scope and Content

The volume is signed 'John Archer' and inscribed 'John Archer his booke witnesse Thomas Mounteneys'. The front of volume contains a 'A treatise upon heaven', circa 17th century, written in two or possibly three different hands, which do not resemble that used by John Archer for his signature. From the back of the volume, pp. 1-90, runs 'Mr. Jeffery his sermons upon the 84 Psalme prached [sic] at Trinity Church in Cambridge Anno Dom: 1619', and pp. 91-96 (unnumbered), 'Mr. Jeffery upon Matthew: 1 chap 1 verse:', probably incomplete, in a hand that does not seem to be Archer's.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Archer is probably Sir John Archer (1598-1682), judge, who entered Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1615 (B.A. 1619; M.A., 1622). He was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1620, and became a Sergeant, 1658, and Justice of Common Pleas. He was knighted in 1662.

John Jeffrey, or Jefferies, became a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1613 (B.D., 1621; D.D., 1627). He became Lecturer at Holy Trinity Church in 1619, and later was Chaplain to Archbishop Abbot, and a Prebendary of Canterbury. He held various livings in Kent and Sussex. His will is dated 1655.

Thomas Mounteney (d. 1656) entered Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1615 (B.A. 1619; M.A., 1622). He was Vicar of Ham, Staffordshire, 1639-1656.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1991.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir John Archer in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. I (London, 1908), pp. 542-543; and the entry on Thomas Mounteney in John Venn and J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part I, Vol. III (Cambridge University Press, 1924), p. 224.

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