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07 Feb 2018
(old shelfmark **A.47) 
Author:Francis Dickens (d. 1755)
Language:English, with Latin
Origin:England, Cambridge
Date:18th c., ca. 1705 -1755
Material:Paper. Watermark: 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)
Physical Description:i original flyleaf + 374 pages, 195 x 155 (unruled; ca. 190 x 135) mm, ca. 25  long lines
Rubric:Of last wills and testaments
Incipit:The two remarkable titles on this subject are;
2o folio:testimentium perhibitote
Explicit:cuius affirmatio est impossibilis, ejus negatio est necessaria
Contents:pp. 1 – 373, Of Last Wills and Testaments
Script:Cursive mixed hand
Scribe:Francis Dickens
Provenance:Francis Dickens, (Fellow 1705 – d. 1755); his gift (‘I do desire yt ye few manuscr[ipt] books I shall leave behind me on marriages guardianship last wills and on the nature of property may find a place in some remote part of the College Library never to be taken out thence on any account whatever.’, inscription, inside upper cover). ‘Doctor Dickens his book’ (inside upper cover, crossed through)
Binding:18th c., parchment over pasteboards, edges speckled red
Notes:Note of contents on loose leaf kept with MS in same late 18th / 19th cent. hand as appears in other Dickens MSS; pentrials include ‘1783 Richards’ and ‘Dr Withirspoone’.
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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