Manuscript Collection

Dr Williams’s Library holds a unique and remarkable set of manuscript and rare book collections relating to the dissenting churches in England. Its manuscript collection is of national importance and not limited to dissent but includes other collections of historical material. It comprises large collections of correspondence, diaries, sermons and other scholarly works.  A popular but at risk collection is Philip Doddridge’s extensive correspondence.  After designing a database which contains a record of all the manuscripts consulted over the last ten years the Doddridge correspondence proves to be very popular.  In particular new researchers from American and Australian are studying the letters and disseminating ideas and knowledge of this collection to a wider audience.  A number of readers including Friends have ask me, in particular, to find  works by Doddridge for adoption.   

 

  

Mrs Ann Newbery November 23rd 1689.

200mm x 165mm x 5mm Brown cover, cream writing Paper and thread

A seventeenth-century notebook made of the cheaper end of the market materials.  It is the simplest of binding structures a stitched brown paper wrapper. 

 

 

Condition: Good structural condition but the writing paper is badly foxed.

Treatment required: Clean and make a bespoke enclosure.

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