Of the nature & immortality of human soules

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/396
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises iv.76 Treatises xix.351
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      ff 1-124 (f 124v is blank). Additional foliation ff. 1-129

Scope and Content

'Of the NATURE & IMMORTALITY of HUMANE SOULES The first Part which supposeth what is written in my Reasons of the Christian Religion; & My More Reasons for it: By Richard Baxter with a Postscript, considering some passages in Dr Willis his Learned Tractate de Anima Brutorum, quæ Hominis vitalis et sensitiva est ‘Augustine de Quantitate Animae’.

This work is different from the author’s published treatise Of the immortality of man’s soul and the nature of it, and other spirits(London, 1682, octavo) in DWL. His own former publications mentioned above came out in 1667, quarto and 1672, duodecimo. This Ms appears to be the work thus mentioned in his Autobiography ‘oft conferences with the Lord Chief Justice Hale, put those cases into my mind, which occasioned the writing of another small piece of the nature and immortality of the soul, by way of question and answer. Now printed’ (Rel. iii. 61).

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black xix.351; Thomas p.27

Custodial History

Black records of this, 'The contents of this part, and the three other parts of the work (not now found, except somewhat in Art. 10 [=Treatises vi, 204] may be seen planned out among the Treatises, vol. 3 art. 73. '


  • Reasons of the Christian Religion [1667, AGM 57]
  • More Reasons [1672, AGM 68]; De Anima Brutorum [1672].
  • For Thomas Willis (1621-75) see ODNB.
  • Thomas Willis’s tract De Anima Brutorum quae Hominis Vitalis ac Sensitivaest was published in London in 2 parts in 1672.
  • See also Rel iii, 61, 90.
  • See also Treatises iii, 73 and vi, 204
  • Augustine’s work, known in English as On the Greatness of the Soul, is entitled in latin either De animae quantitate or De quantitate animae (both word orders seem to be used in early printed versions).