Commonplace book of English and Latin prose notes, anecdotes, sermon extracts, etc.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Contents consist largely of anecdotes, jokes and aphorisms; theological and scriptural notes; extracts from sermons (including one delivered at Oxford by William Chillingworth, beginning f.52v) and from books (including Jos de Acosta's "History of the Indies", beginning f.9r); George Wither's poem "Shall I ly wasting in despare" on f.73v. Several items dated, the latest being a reference to the beheading of Christopher Love, August 1651 (f.47r). Apparently in a single hand throughout.

Administrative / Biographical History

The compiler of the commonplace book is unknown

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Bought at Sotheby's sale, 20-21 July 1981, lot 30


In English and Latin

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database