File NLW MS 24098D - Joseph Caryl sermons

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NLW MS 24098D


Joseph Caryl sermons


  • [17 cent., third ¼] (Creation)

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ii, 462 ff. (original pagination 1-230 continued to end; bifolia numbered 1, 11, 12, 14, 21-41 (on pp. 449, 489, 493, 501, 529-625 passim) and 1-62 (on pp. 637-901 passim)) ; 315 x 195 mm.

Leather over boards with double and triple blind fillets; 'CARRYL ON THE 8TH OF THE ROMANS' (in gold on spine)

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'Lady Anne Agnes Erskine, Aug. 9th 1794…' and 'Presented to the Revd Tho[ma]s Charles of Bala, N. Wales, by the late Lady Anne A. Erskine', [?1804] (manuscript notes inside front cover) [Erskine (1739-1804) signals her intention to bequeath the manuscript to Thomas Charles in a letter to Charles's wife Sarah, 16 May 1795 (now NLW, Thomas Charles Edwards Papers 506)]; in the possession of 'the Revd Mr Charles of Trevecca Coll.' [David Charles (1812-1878), grandson of Thomas Charles], in 1856 (see letter of J[ohn] Johnstone, Edinburgh, to the Rev. Dr [James] Buchanan, 20 February 1856, tipped in on p. 907); 'From the library of the late Principal, the Rev. T. Charles Edwards, D.D. [great-grandson of Thomas Charles and nephew to David Charles], May 1900' (Theological College, Bala, stamp inside front cover). Acquired by Professor Gibbard when the Theological College closed and its collections were dispersed, [Summer 1964].

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Professor Noel Gibbard; Cardiff; Purchase; July 2016; 99669319602419.

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A volume, [17 cent., third ¼], containing manuscript copies, in an unknown hand, of at least fifty-five sermons of the Rev. Joseph Caryl, preached April 1650-May 1653, all on the Epistle to the Romans 8:9-28.
Parts of the text are accompanied by copious marginal annotations (pp. 1-125, 188-192, 213-216, 241-250, 273-278, 339-351, 372-373, 700-707, 716-727), the remainder is only very sporadically annotated. Marginal notes by the transcriber and gaps left by him (pp. 193-200, 216a-h, 446-448, 549-556, 585-588, 600-604, 629-636, 661-668, 708-712, 784-788, 861-864 and 905 onward) attest to at least twelve missing sermons. Also included are proof sheets (2 copies), [19 cent.], apparently for p. 27 of an edition of the text, corresponding almost exactly to p. 27 of the manuscript; no edition is known to have been published (tipped in on pp. 909, 911).

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  • English

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Covers worn; front and back covers and first 3 ff. reattached at NLW, 2016.

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'P.6.b' (Theological College, Bala, reference number, inside front cover).


Traces of old [?foliation] visible on upper edges of pp. 141, 165, 177, 361, 369, 409, 437, 441, etc., otherwise lost owing to trimming of page edges.

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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August 2017


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys M. Jones.

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  • Text: NLW MS 24098D - Covers worn; front and back covers and first 3 ff. reattached at NLW, 2016