Original bill for uniting the King’s subjects

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  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/223
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises v.178 Treatises v.48
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  • Physical Description
      Original bill for uniting the King’s subjects

Scope and Content

A bill intended for the unification of the King's protestant subjects to the Church of England. f 269v: ‘The Originall Bill for writeing his Majesties Protestant subjects’ and 'A Bill for uniting of his Majesties Protestant Subjects to the Church of England Originall Offered to 2 Severall Parliaments in Anno 1678. 1679 (Nottingham … Oxford 1680)'. With notes for alterations made by Mr Roger Morrice, and his historical notes prefixed in 1688 referring to Sir Edward Harley, Daniel Finch, Sir Thomas Clarges and Sir Edward Dering. Not in Baxter’s hand. Another copy is in DWL, Morrice MSS., O. viii. Black supposes this to be 'written by the same Amanuensis as Morrice’s great folio MS, but the notes are chiefly in Morrice’s shorthand. Endorsed by Morrice.' Includes: ‘Whereas the peace of the State is highly concerned in the peace of the Church, which therefore at all times, but especially in this Conjuncture is most necessary to be preserved’


For Roger Morrice see DWL/RB/1/4; 198. See also for Morrice’s account of the various bills for uniting DWL/RB/1/266

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black v.177 (also listed as v.47); Thomas p.17


  • For Roger Morrice The Entring Book of Roger Morrice 1677-1691 Volume II The Reign of Charles II 1677-1685 ed J Spurr (Woodbridge 2007) 245, 257 and Volume V The Reign of William III 1689-1691 ed. M Knights (Woodbridge 2007) 47, 48, 90 for Morrice’s account of the various bills for uniting.
  • For Sir Edward Harley (1624-1700), who subscribed to Baxter’s meeting house in 1675, see Corr 323, 324, 1059, 1060, 1121, 1203, 1206, McElligott, Rel. iii. 172 and ODNB.
  • For Daniel Finch (1647–1730), second earl of Nottingham and seventh earl of Winchilsea, see McElligott and ODNB.
  • For Sir Thomas Clarges (c1617–95) see McElligott and ODNB.
  • For Sir Edward De(e)ring (1650-89) see Corr 743A and McElligott.