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.
Commonplace book of English and Latin prose notes, anecdotes, sermon extracts, etc.
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- ReferenceGB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 57
- Dates of Creationca. 1655
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- Language of MaterialEnglish Latin
- Physical Description1 vol. (75 ff.) Bound in contemporary vellum. Volume is reversed and inverted at f.47. Ff.1v and f.38r are blank. The names Emanuel Gardinerus and Benjamin Pulleyne are amongst jottings on f.1r and f.75v respectively.
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Bought at Sotheby's sale, 20-21 July 1981, lot 30
In English and Latin
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The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html