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

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 57
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1655
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 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.

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