A political primer, by Baxter

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/252
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises vi.206 Treatises vi.12
  • Dates of Creation
      c 1691
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      ff 296-303 314 x 195 mm.

Scope and Content

A political primer by Baxter which he notes is prompted by the publication of 'Unity Pursued' by John Humfrey. Bater's primer is addressed to 'Nationall Church makers: That Ignorance of errors make them not plagues to Common wellfare, by prinicipling them for Tyranny or Confusion. Written most unwillingly By. Ri: Baxter, constreined by the unresistible Imposition & Importunity of the Author of UNITY PURSUED as a Letter to him.


  • ‘Chap. 1. Of the Great Designe of the Reverend Epistler.’
  • ‘Chap. 4. A Politicall Dictionary of the words used by the Epistler’.


Argent notes: 'John Humfrey, like Baxter, favoured a Church of England which aimed at including the moderate Nonconformists. His Union pursued; in a letter to Mr. Baxter, concerning his late book of national churches. … in order to comprehension which hath been forming … That the Presbyterians and Independants, that have united within themselves, may both be united also with the Church of England (1691) encouraged Parliament to produce a new act of uniformity, thus establishing a more ecumenical Church of England.'

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black vi.206 (also listed as vi.12); Thomas p.22-23


John Humfrey's Union pursued, in a Letter to Mr. Baxter, 1691 by John Humfrey was an answer to Baxter’s Of National Churches, 1691 (AGM 131), dated 26 March