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Chancellor Reports and Pleedings

 Collection — Volume: 1-2
Call Number: MS E179


Collection of approximately 200 translations of legal documents, many of which are undated but appear to be from the 15th century. Scholar's archives?


  • Creation: 19th century?

Language of Materials

English; some Law French

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


2 Volumes : Spine titles: Chancellor Reports and Pleadings. Also on spines: Phillips Mss 26035 (volume 1) and 26039 (volume 2). ; Volumes measure no taller than 37 cm.

Scope and Contents

These books primarily contain draft translations from Latin petitions addressed to the Chancellor of England, reciting the circumstances of a civil wrong, and praying that the parties be summoned to the Chancery--presumably Bills in Chancery. A few documents are transcriptions of originals in medieval English or Law French.

There is some other matter: e.g. letters from Henry V, De assisa monetae juste et rigide custodienda (Rot. Pat. 6 Joh.).

Date: Few of these documents are dated. The Chancellors are generally addressed as "the bishop of Durham, Chancellor of England" [Langley, 1406-1424?], "the bishop of Bath..." [Stafford, 1432-1443?], "the bishop of Exeter..." [Stafford, 1396-1399?], "the archbishop of Canterbury" [Arundel, 1407-1414??]. One document refers to the 17th year of our lord King Richard that now is (i.e. 1393-1399).

The hand appears to be 19th century, and the binding to be 19th or early 20th.

The translations are distinctly drafts--phrases re-worked, spaces left. Some corrections and directions in another hand. Some footnotes. (It is unclear as to whether the originals were in Latin, but the phraseology makes it likely.) Sources seldom given.

Each document was formerly on a separate sheet (or sheets); this is shown by dirt and occasional docketing. Then each sheet was placed on a stub, and interleaved; bound in purple cloth, half-leather. Spine with gold rules and title, raised bands. Stamped: G (?) Morley binder Leeds. Both volumes uniformly bound.

Physical Location

MS E179

Custodial History

Sir Thomas Phillipps 26035, 26039. Not in his printed catalogue; presumably in the probate list drawn up by Edward Bond in 1872 (Phillipps Studies IV 166.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Booth (Hay-onWye), October 22, 1974

Guide to the English Historical Documents Collection
Chancellor Reports and Pleedings
Finding aid prepared by alh, October 24, 1974. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Chancellor Reports and Pleedings, Department of Special Collections, MS E179, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States