[Skip to main content]


MS. 48 Miscellaneous notes on Natural Law

(old shelfmark **A.48) 

Author:Francis Dickens (d. 1755)
Language:English, with Latin
Origin:England, Cambridge
Date:18th c., ca. 1705 -1755
Material:Paper. Watermarks: crowned lion with wheat sheaf and taper within crowned circle, motto PRO PATRIA EIUSQUE UBE[. . . .] E (ca. 95 x 80 mm; this watermark occurs in other Trinity Hall MSS and in Cambridge, Trinity College, MS B.16.45); crowned GR
Physical Description:i original flyleaf + 278 pages, (unpaginated after p. 50) 200 x 160 (unruled; ca. 190 x 135) mm, ca. 26  long lines
Incipit:Sir, In pursuance of my late promise I have put together what I thought might most plausibly be offerd (sic) in support of Ulpians Definition of the Law of Nature
2o folio:(p. 3) vera adulleria et
Explicit:(p. 50) a person who is perhaps better able to conduct himself both in point of conscience & prudence than I am to advise him
Contents:pp. 1 – 7, Copy of a letter by Dickens concerning Ulpian’s Definition of the Law of Nature; pp. 13 – 19, Concerning the Jus Naturale and Jus Gentium; pp. 25 – 28, Copy of a letter from Chief Justice Reeves to his nephew; pp. 29 – 50, A case of conscience concerning the obligation to discover and deliver up an estate to the right heir
Script:Cursive mixed hand
Scribe:Francis Dickens
Provenance:Francis Dickens, (Fellow 1705 – d. 1755); his gift (no donor inscription, but in his hand, and NB Contents)
Binding:18th c., parchment over pasteboards, edges speckled red
Bibliography:C. Crawley, Trinity Hall : the history of a Cambridge college, 1350-1992. 2nd ed., expanded by G. Storey. (Cambridge, 1992), 124

© Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Return to previous page

Garden Journal

The promise of spring

The promise of spring

The Old Library Blog

Support Trinity Hall

Trinity Hall relies on the generosity of its members past and present for its continued development.

Make a gift: Donate online now

[Go back to the top of the page]