MC:P261/MS4 Working Papers for “The King’s Visitatorial Powers Asserted”
The volume was one of the collections acquired by Richard Frank of Campsall from Henry Johnston, the brother of Nathaniel and sold at Sotheby’s. The collection was purchased from Messrs. Maggs in 1942. Included with the collection are letters, memos and a bill of sale relating to it.
This collection consists of Nathaniel Johnston’s memorandum for his book The King’s Visitatorial Powers Asserted. In 1688, Johnston issued The King’s Visitatorial Powers Asserted, a vindication of the crown’s assault on Magdalen College, Oxford. He recounts the affair in every detail, and provides a large tranche of earlier precedents by which university statutes were dispensed by royal mandate, and often at the request of the university itself. This work was commissioned by the king and published by the king’s printer.
The volume also contains the following original letters from Obadiah Walker which have been bound in, two letters from Thomas Fairfax and one letter from Dr. Robert Brady, Keeper of the Records in the Tower.
P.213-214: notes by Obadiah Walker, Master of University College 1676-89.
P. 215: letter by Philip Elect of Auriople
P. 219, 221: letter and seal from Obadiah Walker
P. 221-224: notes by Thomas Fairfax, Dean of Arts
P.241-244: notes by Thomas Fairfax, Dean of Arts
P. 422-423: notes by L. Jenkins
MC:P261/MS4/2 Oct. & Dec. 1942
Letters, memos and bills of sale relating to MC:P261/MS4/1.
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