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Spelman-Macro miscellany

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS E107


Compiled volume of separately written pieces bound together, including historical notes, 17th century poems, petitions, etc.


  • compiled 17-18th centuries


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1 volume : Hand paginated 1-199, a separate hand continued the pagination to the end of the volume to page 385 [really 386-387]. Many items were originally foliated independently. Binding: Suede tooled in black. Labels on spine: square or coffin-shaped paper label stating in ink "23" [Gurney number?]; lozenge of paper in ink "109" [Historical Manuscript Commission 109.6]; remains of large square paper shows under ultraviolet in manuscript "109." ; Volume measures no taller than 37 cm.

Scope and Contents

The volume includes the following contents:

A. Be witena geraednessan: decrees of council of Eynsham, 1009, concerning the church. Fair copy in Old English (Anglo-Saxon), foliated pages 207-210. Made for Sir Henry Spelman's Concilia (1639), pages 513-525? Apparently marked by printer. Spelman began collecting material in 1630, and the first volume of his Concilia covered the history of Christianity in England until the Norman Conquest of 1066.

B. Copies of extracts from charters, chronicles, genealogies, etc., covering at least 1016-1602. Emphasizes religious foundations, Norfolk, copied at various times in 17th or 18th century and later bound together. In Latin.

C. Heavily revised draft of Concilia, pages 586-617: church laws in Old English with Latin translation. Foliated 38-54, apparently marked by the printer, with occasional English notes. Also other drafts or printer's copy of Anglo-Saxon laws with Latin translations.

D. 17th century originals or contemporary copies of a leaf containing political poetry, astrology, the King's speech from 1667, and the Great Fire of 1666; Latin verses on a comet of 1652, signed "S.C."; Edward Voyce's Latin poem on Oliver Cromwell, dated 1654, and another; Latin eulogies on William Whitaker of Cambridge (died 1595); reply to an enquiry about the observance of statues in English by the University of Cambridge; synopsis of Hare's Collections; petition of Newport Pagnell, Bucks, concerning garrison, written after 1642 (one signature: John Bynyon, possibly Bunyan?); and a draft order concerning the garrison of Newport Pagnell, slighting the fortifications.

Physical Location

MS E107

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Custodial History

Antiquarian, historian, and author Sir Henry Spelman (circa 1564-1641) initially created or collected many, if not all, of the items in this volume. Antiquarian Dr. Cox Macro (1683-1767) acquired this and other manuscripts from Spelman and had many individual items bound into miscellaneous volumes, including some of his own papers. John Patteson acquired this volume, and it was sold in 1820 to Hudson Gurney. The volume remained in the Gurney family library at Keswick Hall, near Norwich, England at least until 1891, when the Historical Manuscripts Commission (HMC) reviewed and described the volume. The volume in its present state appears to include some material not reflected in the HMC description and lacks some poems and Cambridge items that were described by the HMC in 1891.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Hofman-Freeman Consignment I, 1969.

Guide to the Sir Henry Spelman-Cox Macro Miscellany Collection
Spelman-Macro miscellany
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Spelman-Macro miscellany, MS E107, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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