Miles and Henry Stapylton: Commonplace Books and Papers

Scope and Content

[1] Miles Stapylton's commonplace book at Oxford, c. 1677-1684, containing extracts from printed books; summaries of sermons; Latin and English verses and Latin epistles to Oxford friends; a list of Stapylton's books; and records of books lent by him.

[2] Loose papers removed from [1], mostly in the hands of Miles and Henry Stapylton. They include a manuscript copy of Thomas Millington's inaugural lecture as Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy at Oxford (1676); Henry Stapylton's small commonplace book, 1686-1688; English verse, some in other hands; Latin verse; Latin prose fragments; an undated record of the appointment of John Burrel, Rector of Cressingham, as domestic chaplain to Charles, Duke of Grafton; a copy of 'Exposition de la Doctrine de l'Eglise Catholique sur les matieres de controverse, par Jacques Benigne Bossuet', Paris edition, 1680; notes on Greek and Roman coins; notes on the Founder's charter and fellow's oath, All Souls College; 3 sermons and several sermon outlines by Henry Stapylton; a letter from J. Wycliffe to [John] Stapylton (son of Henry, Rector of Thornton Watlass, 1748-1767), 8 April 1758; and a verse 'On the death of the Earl of Chesterfield' by 'H.S.'

[3] Commonplace book, c. 1700, containing extracts and notes on Jewish religion and customs.

[4] Commonplace book, early 18th century, containing extracts from religious, philosophical and moral works.

[5-6] Commonplace books, early 18th century, containing similar extracts, one volume inscribed 'Decay of Xn. Piety'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miles Stapylton (1658-c. 1731) entered University College, Oxford, in 1676, and was thereafter a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; Rector of Harpesden, Oxfordshire (from 1690); and Prebendary of Worcester, 1700-1731.

Henry Stapylton (1672-1748), brother of Miles, entered All Souls' College in 1688, before becoming Rector of Marske, 1694-1748, and Thornton Watlass, 1703-1748, both in Yorkshire.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Miss Madeleine N. Stapylton, 1968.


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

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