On marriage and divorce (4) / Francis Dickens

(old shelfmark **A.44.4) 

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 + 173 folios, 200 x 160 (unruled; ca. 190 x ca. 140) mm, ca. 25 long lines
Rubric: Of Second Marriages
Incipit: It has been made a question whether the civil law
2o folio: extraordinary reward
Explicit: the will of the prince in those times being a law
Contents: Fols. 1r – 41v, Tract ‘On second marriages’; fols. 42r – 99r, Tract ‘On polygamy’; fols. 100r – 159r, Tract ‘On divorce’
Script: Cursive mixed hand
Scribe: Francis Dickens
Decoration: None
Provenance: Francis Dickens, (Fellow 1705 – d. 1755); his gift (‘I do desire that the few manuscript books I shall leave behind me on marriage, guardianship, dominion or property may find a place in some remote corner of the College Library never to be taken out thence on any account whatever. F. D.’, inscription inside upper cover)
Binding: 18th c., parchment over pasteboards, ‘of marriage’ in ink on upper cover, edges speckled red
Notes: Almost all text on rectos only.
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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