Petitions from Nottinghamshire to Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Lord Protector,c.1658

Scope and Content

The principal items in the collection are two original petitions to Oliver Cromwell frominhabitants of Nottinghamshire, dating from c. 1658. Both have suffered physical damage and althoughnow repaired lack small elements of text. The first petition requests tougher control on profanity,libertinism and heresies, revision of the laws of the nation, and asks that during Cromwell'slifetime provision for future government is secured. The second petition requests regulation of theancient laws regarding the Sacrament of the Last Supper and has 15 signatories.

The collection includes a number of items referring to the history of the petitions and researchinto them. A catalogue issued by Jabez Elliot (1972) provides the entry which prompted theirpurchase by a local Nottingham bibliophile. Cuttings from 'Notes and Queries' for 19 February 1853contain a transcription of the second petition. A manuscript transcription of the first petition,mounted on card presumably for display purposes, is also present.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nothing is known about the people that composed and signed this petition.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in January1973.