11 - 13 July 2000
[ENGLAND - 17th-century speeches]. A collection of eighteen 17th-century manuscript copies of speeches, letters and memoranda, circa 1601-1640, written in several 17th-century hands, approximately 1160 pages, folio, blanks (some leaves worn, darkened and with offsetting of ink), tipped into an album, cloth, half morocco. Provenance. Browne Willis (list of contents, and signature dated 1709); Phillipps MS 11936.
The album includes copies of Elizabeth I's speech to her last parliament (30 November 1601); James I's letter (in Latin) to the University of Cambridge (14 March 1616); speeches and coronation oaths addressed to Charles I; reports of Sir Richard Weston's negotiations; instructions to Thomas Wentworth; Sir Robert Cotton's Relation of the proceedings of Ambassadors (24 April 1624); his speech to the parliament at Oxford (1625); and his Discourse to Sir Edward Montagu that the Commons has equal powers of jurisdiction with the Peers; also notes, abstracts, legal memoranda and a Recital of the 'Celestial Apparition of this present Trigon' (after 1663).
Browne Willis (1682-1760), who owned the album in 1709, was a noted antiquary, and many of his manuscripts are now in the Bodleian Library.
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