MC:P261/MS1 Collection of Papers, mostly by Charles Hedges
This volume was formerly in the possession of Rev. W. E. Buckley Rector of Middleton Cheney, and sometime Fellow of Brasenose College. It was lent to the Oxford Historical Society and used for its publication Magdalen College and James II, 1686-88 issued in 1886. The volume was purchased for the College library in April 1894, at the Buckley sale.
Collection of papers bound at an unknown date. Most of them were written by Dr. Charles Hedges (later Sir Charles Hedges) who acted as counsel for the king during the proceedings before the commission at Oxford. The notes of the proceedings of the commissioners seem to have been made at the time, and are therefore of special value for comparison with the account contained in the ‘Impartial Relation’. Dr. Hedges was a member of the college (Matric: Magdalen Hall 1666/7, BA 1670, MA Magdalen College 1673), and his relations with its members appear to have been friendly throughout.
Bound volume containing the following:
Fol. 1: Form of a citation to a general visitation
Fol. 3: Letter to Dr. Hedges from Dr. John Smith, Fellow of Magd. Coll. (Dated: 26 Oct. 1687)
Fol. 4: Address and seal of above letter.
Fol. 5: Fragment of a memorandum by Dr. Hedges
Fol. 7: Rough note as to the proceedings at Magd. Coll. (Dated: Friday, 21 Oct. 1687).
Fols. 8-11v: Abstract of the Proceedings against Magd. Coll. (Dated: Friday, 21 Oct. 1687).
Fols 12-18: Blank
Fol. 18v: Note as to service of citation.
Fol. 19: Draft of letter (22 Oct) sent by the Commissioners at Oxford to Lord Sunderland.
Fols. 20-21v: Notes of proceedings at Magd. Coll. (Dated: 16 Nov. 1687)
Fols. 22-24: Same (Dated: 25 Oct. 1687).
Fols. 26-27: Same (Dated: 28 Oct. 1687).
Fols. 28-30: Same (Dated: the morning of 22 Oct. 1687) however, some of these notes may belong to 21 Oct. They seem to include matter that was discussed on that day.
Fols 31-31v: Notes of proceedings at Magd. Coll. (Dated: 21 Oct. 1687)
Fol. 32: Same (Dated: afternoon of 22 Oct. 1687)
Fol. 34: Same (Dated: 26 Oct. 1687)
Fol. 36: Same (Dated: 27 Oct. 1687)
Fol. 38: Copy of sentence on Dr. H. Fairfax
Fol. 38v: Copy of sentence on the rest of the expelled Fellows
Fol. 40: Copy of the paper given in by Vice Fellows on Friday, 28 Oct. 1687
Fols. 42-43: Commission to Robert, earl of Leicester and others to visit Corpus Christi College Oxford (10th Eliz.)
Fol. 43v: Endorsement of above
Fol. 44: Letter to Dr. Hedges, ‘Doctor’s Commons 20 Oct. 1687’ signed ‘S.P.’, referring to the last document. <See Bloxam p. 110 where the letter is printed, from the 2nd edition of the ‘Impartial Relation,’ without signature. >
Fol. 44v: A note in Dr. Hedges’ hand (perhaps made during Dr. Hough’s discussion with the Commissioners.
Fol. 45v: Address of the above letter
Fol. 46v-47: Notes and extracts (apparently concerning the force of mandates)
Fol. 48: Letter from Bishop Cartwright of Chester to Dr. Hedges, desiring an interview, 7 Oct. 1687
Fol. 49v: Address of above letter
Fol. 50: Questions addressed to Counsel for the University of Cambridge on the case of Alban Francis, with answers by F. Pemberton and H Finch. (These are not in Dr. Hedges’ hand)
Fols. 51, 51v, 52v: Notes and reference in Dr. Hedges’ hand. <Recto of Fol. 62 blank>
Fol. 53: Note by Dr. Hedges as to reasons for not inquiring into a case, apparently arising out of the Declaration of Indulgence
Fols. 56-58: Notes as to the Common Prayer and statutes relating to its use. (These are not in order)
Fol. 59: Notes of cases in which the crown has interfered in college elections
Fols. 61-69v (Fol. 62 blank): Note apparently intended as the basis of an argument for the crown against the President and the Fellows of Magd. Coll.
Fols. 70-71v: Statement on behalf of the Vice-President and Fellows of Magd. Coll against Anthony Farmer –marginal notes by Dr. Hedges.
Fols. 74-75: same
Fols. 76-76v: Notes for an opening speech on behalf of Anthony Farmer
Fols. 78-88: Brief and list of witnesses on behalf of Anthony Farmer
Fols. 89-90: Draft of an ‘apologia’ by Dr. Hedges
Fol. 91-92: Account of an interview with King James II, the Lord Chancellor, and Lord Sunderland 14 Oct. 1687, and a note as to a later interview with the Lord Chancellor.
Fol. 93: A scrap containing a memorandum as to the incapacitating the expelled Fellows of Magd. Coll from ecclesiastical preferment.
Fol 94v-95: Account of an interview with the Lord Chancellor in the month of Oct. 1687.
Fol. 98: Draft of an opinion against incapacitating the expelled Fellows
Fol. 99v: Account of an interview with King James II, in consultation with the above subject (Dated: 5 Dec. 1687)
Fols. 100-101: Account of an argument on the same subject before the council (Dated: 8 Dec. 1687).
Fols. 102-104: A rather fuller account of the matters referred to in Fols. 91-2, 94v-95.
Fol. 106: Letter from Dr. Thomas Stafford, Fellow of Magd. Coll to Dr. Hedges, 30 Oct. 1687, thanking him for his management of the case against the college
Fols. 107: Copy of letter from James II (signed by Lord Sunderland) to Henry Compton Bishop of London, ordering him to suspend Dr. John Sharpe, Rector of St. Giles-in the-Fields. (Dated: 14 June 1686)
Fols 109-111v: Argument (before the Ecclesiastical Commission) on behalf of the population of London
Fol. 113v: An endorsement
Fol. 114: Original draft (in Dr. Hedges’ hand) of the Bishop of London’s answer.
Fol. 115v: His endorsement of the draft.
Fol. 116: Draft of a statement intended to be read by the Bishop of London. (The body of this is not in Dr. Hedges’ hand, but some additions and corrections seem to be his.)
Fol. 117v: Note apparently referring to the draft on Fol. 116
Fols. 118-19: A statement in Latin, similar in character to that on Fol. 116 (not in Dr Hedges’ hand)
Fol. 119v: Endorsement of above ‘Draught of an answer for ye population of London not given’
Fol. 120: Notes on suspensions, headed ‘Copy of a paper to my Lord Bishop of London 4 Dec 1686’
Fol. 121v: marked ‘Epūs London’
Fol. 122: Notes in preparation for the defence of the Bishop of London
Fol. 122v: marked ‘Epūs London’
Fols 123-124: Two drafts for a statement resembling that on Fol. 114.
Fols 127-141v: Various drafts in preparation of the speech at Fol. 109.
Fol. 143: A fragment of a statement resembling that at Fol. 114.
Fol. 145: Copy of sentence of suspension against the Bishop and of mandate for publication of the sentence to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul’s
Fol. 146: Copy of Letter from the Bishop of London to Lord Sunderland, June 18, 1686.
Fols. 148-149: Notes in preparation for the Defence of the Bishop of London
Fol. 151: Notes relating to Thomas Cromwell’s position under Henry VIII
Fol. 153-154v: Copy of the King’s letters appointing John Massey to be Dean of Christ Church
Fol. 156v: Endorsement of above.
Fols 157-177: relate to an application made to Dr. Hedges by Dr. N. Johnston for the supply of answers to certain objections made to the King’s proceedings, and to Dr Hedges refusal to discuss the points in question, as being matters not belonging to the Civil Law. The points are stated and replies made upon them in Johnston’s ‘The King’s Visitatorial Power Asserted’
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