Baxter’s treatise on Origenism

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/120
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises iv. 87
  • Dates of Creation
      16 May 1690
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      ff 226-255 (f 226v is blank).193 x 150 mm.

Scope and Content

Paper by Baxter written while prison in 1686, in answer to Dr. Henry More. The first draft of the title is on f 249v: ‘ORIGENISME modestly EXAMINED’. According to Black this paper was suppressed on account of More's death (1st September 1687). Prepared for publication. The first words of the title were ‘Revived Origenisme’, but these words have been struck out. 'Written by the provocation of Dr H. More And published by the provocation of Mr Tho Beverley By Richard Baxter’


See also DWL/RB/1/272.

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black iv.87, Thomas p.23


For reference to this work and the full proposed title, see Powicke ii, p. 161. See also Corr 1084, 1112, 1207, 1208 and 1210

  • For Origen (c185-254) see ODCC, Corr 1084, 1112 and 1210
  • For Lactantius (c250-c325) see ODCC.
  • For Johannes Jessenius, also known as Jan Jesensky (1566-1621), professor of medicine at Charles University, Prague, see Journal of Medical Biography August 2013, vol. 21, pp 153-163.
  • For Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) see ODCC.
  • For Andreas Osiander (1496/8-1552) see ODCC.
  • For Caspar Schwenckfeld von Ossig (1490-1561) and the Schwenckfeldians see ODCC.
  • For John Turner, hospitaler at Thomas’s Southwark, see F J Powicke The Reverend Richard Baxter Under the Cross (1662-1691) published in 1927, p 162.
  • For Quirinus Kuhlmann (1651-89) of Breslau, disciple of Boehme, German poet and millenarian mystic, see R L Beare Quirinus Kuhlmann in Publications of Modern Language Association of America (1953) pp 828-62 and W Schmidt-Biggemann Salvation Through Philology: The Poetical Messianism of Quirinus Kuhlmann (1651-1689) in Toward the Millennium: Messianic Expectations from the Bible to Waco ed P Schäfer and M R Cohen (Leiden 1998).
  • For Peter Sterry (?1613-72) see ODNB, CR and ODCC.
  • Thomas Beverley was the pastor until 1697 of an Independent church meeting at Cutlers’ Hall, London, and an occasional lecturer to Stephen Lobb’s church in Fetter Lane. A millenarian and a prolific writer, when in prison during the 1680s he began corresponding with Richard Baxter. For Thomas Beverley (d1702) see Corr 1140, 1155, 1156, 1157, 1158, 1159, 1175, 1176, 1199, 1207, 1208, 1210, 1218, 1221, 1225,1229,1233, 1237, 1244 and ODNB.