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MS. 44.1 On Marriage and Divorce (vol. 1 of 4)

(old shelfmark **A.44.1) 

Author:Francis Dickens (d. 1755)
Language:English, with Latin
Origin:England, Cambridge
Date:18th c., ca. 1705 -1755
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 + 327 pages, 200 x 160 (unruled; ca. 180 x ca. 140) mm, ca. 25 long lines
Rubric:Of marriage
Incipit:As to the civil law on the head of marriage
2o folio:uxoris in domicilium
Explicit:Sed ipso jure null and void on account of ye fear
Contents:pp. 1 – 327, Tracts ‘On Marriage’
Script:Cursive mixed hand
Scribe:Francis Dickens
Provenance:Francis Dickens, (Fellow 1705 – d. 1755); his gift (‘I do desire yt ye few manuscript books I shall leave behi[nd] me on marriage guardia[nship] dominion or property may [find] a place in some remote co[rner] of the College Library never [to] be taken out thence on any account whatever. F. D.’, inscription on flyleaf)
Binding:18th c., parchment over pasteboards, ‘[. . . . . .] of marriage’ in ink on upper cover, edges speckled red
Notes:Almost all text on rectos only. A piece of paper was once stuck across the upper pastedown and flyleaf with shellac sealing wax.
Bibliography:C. Crawley, Trinity Hall : the history of a Cambridge college, 1350-1992. 2nd ed., expanded by G. Storey. (Cambridge, 1992), 124

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