Baxter’s projected liturgy

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/96
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises iii.65
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      ff 213-229 (f 213r and f 229v are blank), 315 x 220 mm.

Scope and Content

A projected Liturgy by Baxter, containing the following general heads:

  • 1. ‘The Ordinary Publick Worship on the Lords Day.’ (ff 214-217r)
  • 2. ‘A Prayer for the King, the Royall ffamilye & Magistrates’ (f 217v)
  • 3. 'The Order of Celebrating the Sacrament of the Body & Blood of Christ.’ (ff 218-219)
  • 4. ‘The Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptisme.’ (ff 220-221r)
  • 5. ‘of Catechizing & the Approbation of those that are to be admitted to the Lords Supper.’ (f 221v)
  • 6. 'The Catechisme &c.’ (ff 221v-222r)
  • 7. ‘Of the Celebration of Matrimony.’ (f 222r)
  • 8. ‘The Visitation of the Sick: & their Communion.’ (f 222v)
  • 9. ‘The Order for Solemnizing the Buriall of the Dead.’ (f 222v-223r)
  • 10. ‘Of Extraordinary dayes of Humiliation & Thanksgiving, & Aniversary ffestivals’ (f 223)
  • 11. ‘Of Prayer & Thanksgiving for particular membres of the Church’ (f 223v-224v)
  • 12. ‘Of Pastorall Discipline, Publike Confession, Absolution, & Exclusion from the Holy Communion of the Church.’ ( ff 224v-227v)
  • 13. ‘A Larger Litanie, or Generall Prayer to be used at discretion’ (ff 227v-229)

A projected Liturgy, preceded by a preface. The whole MS is very closely written; in the handwriting of William Baxter and corrected by Richard Baxter.

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black iii.63(a), Thomas p.11


Not listed in Rel. but printed in A petition for peace… 1661 (AGM 48); also printed in Edmund Calamay's (1671-1732) An abridgement of Mr. Baxter’s History of his life and times. With an account of the ministers, &c. who were ejected after the Restauration, of King Charles II. ... The second edition: in two volumes (1713), London, 1713, Octavo.. The first edition had appeared in 1702., this material not being in the 1st edition.

  • For the relationship between Richard Baxter and William Baxter (1650-1723), schoolmaster at the Mercers’ School, London, see Corr 1005.
  • For William see also ODNB, DWB and Corr 1006, 1030, 1031, 1084, 1165, 1188 and 1213.
  • For 'A petition for peace: with the reformation of the liturgy' (1661), published anonymously but by Baxter; see Corr 489, 671, 1085 and Rel i, 121.