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MS. 51 Cases and Opinions on Ecclesiastical Law

(old shelfmark **A.51)

Language:English, with Latin
Origin:England, ?Cambridge
Date:18th c., ca. 1757 - 1760
Material:Paper. Watermark; Britannia, with wheat sheaf, within palisade, motto PRO P[ATRIA] [. . . .] to right (ca. 90 x 95 mm; this watermark occurs in other Trinity Hall MSS and in Cambridge, Trinity College, MS B.16.45)
Physical Description:i original flyleaf + 137 folios (unfoliated after fol. 87), 203 x 160 (ca. 180 x 130) mm, ruled (inner margin only) in pencil
Rubric:Cases
Incipit:Philip South late of the parish of Grendon in the county of Hereford Bachelor, deceased
2o folio:Statute of Frauds
Explicit:(fol. 86v) as it appears very essentially to concern Church Discipline throughout the Kingdom.
Contents:Fols. 1r – 86v, Cases and opinions on Ecclesiastical law
Script:Formal mixed cursive hand
Decoration:None
Provenance:‘Austin Leigh, March 15 1757’ (inside upper cover); ‘Ex dono Mr Leigh’, 18th c. (fol. i recto); Sir John Jervis, (1802 – 1856) Chief Justice of the Common Pleas; Henry Frederick Gibbons (1824 – post 1900); his gift to Trinity Hall (letter with MS; see notes)
Binding:18th c., laced-cased, parchment over paste board, blind-tooled edge design, edges speckled red, ‘Cases & opinions’ in ink on upper cover
Notes:Two letters from Henry Frederick Gibbons, who attended Trinity Hall 1850 – 1854, are preserved with MS. In one, dated 26 January 1877 and apparently addressed to a Rev. A. Austin Leigh, he states that the MS was in the library of Chief Justice Jervis. In the second letter, dated 2 February 1877, Gibbons offers the MS to Trinity Hall, hoping that the Master will find room for it in the library. In this second letter Gibbons suggests that the Austin Leigh of the inscription (currently unidentified) was a relative of Augustus Austin Leigh, (1840 – 1905) Provost of Kings. Gibbons also notes that many of the Cases and opinions are by Nathaniel Lloyd, (1669 - 1741) Master of Trinity Hall. The Cases etc date from the early 18th c. – 1760; the suggested date of this MS is therefore between 1757 (Leigh inscription) and the terminus ad quem provided by internal evidence. ‘Prec[ia] 1s. 6d.’, 18th cent. inscription inside upper cover.
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