Baxter’s antidote against liars (ie Roger L’Estrange)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/280
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises vii.37 Treatises vii.232
  • Dates of Creation
      27 October 1681
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      ff 96-97; 295 x 187 mm.

Scope and Content

Paper on the suggestion, made by Roger L’Estrange in The Observator, 65 (26 October 1681), that Baxter, following a civil war engagement in Shropshire had removed from a wounded Royalist officer, Thomas Jennings, a medal given to him by King Charles I.


Argent notes 'Baxter believed that L’Estrange was the instigator of the charges brought against him, after Baxter’s A Paraphrase on the New Testament was published in 1685 and for which he suffered imprisonment.' It appears that Baxter had bought the medal some time after Jennings had sustained his injury and six or seven years later, having learned that Jennings was still, alive had returned the medal to him.

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black vii.232 (also listed as vii.37); Thomas p.8


  • For L’Estrange’s traducing of Baxter in newspapers and tracts see N Keeble The Literary Culture of Nonconformity in Later Seventeenth Century England (Leicester 1987) esp ch III.
  • See Corr 1107, 1110, 1111, 1113, 1148 and 1174.
  • For Sir L'Estrange (1616-1704) generally see, the Tory journalist and polemicist, see Corr 873, 895, 1028, 1047, 1058, 1107, 1110, 1111, 1113, 1148, 1174, McElligott and ODNB.