Historical and Literary Tracts

Scope and Content

MS copies of Thomas Legge's Latin verse tragedy Solymitana Clades (The Destruction of Jerusalem) of circa 1580; George Ruggles's Cambridge play Ignoramus (1615); William Roper, The Life and Death of Sir Thomas More, written in 1535; George Cavendish, The Life of Cardinal Wolsey, completed 1557; Sir Philip Sidney's letter to his brother Robert on foreign travel, written circa 1578-1579; and other tracts, the latest being an exchange of letters between James I and the University of Cambridge, dated 1616. The MS was compiled originally at Cambridge in the early seventeeth century, and has the ownership inscription 'Josephus Diggins me possidet' on a back endleaf.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Diggins (or Diggons, or Diggny) matriculated in 1607 from Clare Hall, Cambridge. His later career is unknown, but in his will, proved in 1658, he made Clare Hall his prinicipal beneficiary, leaving properties at Liss in Hampshire, where he lived, and at Stepney and Braintree.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1974.


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

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

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