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Title17 sermons preached on ye parable of the returning Prodigall
ShelfmarkMun. A.4.47
Creation Dateca. 1656 - 1658
RepositoryChetham's Library
Contents NoteThis volume contains seventeen sermons on the parable of the Prodigal Son by John Tillotson, who would later become Archbishop of Canterbury. This volume had remained at Forde Abbey, Devonshire, for nearly two centuries before its purchase by Thomas Kerslake. Tillotson had acted as chaplain to Edmund Prideaux, Oliver Cromwell's attorney-general. Prideaux's son was based at Forde Abbey. Tillotson was still a Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, and there is no evidence that he had been ordained by this stage. The manuscript is unsigned; however, the hand closely resembles that of Tillotson's.
Material Features392 pp, with gilded page edges.
Associated Peoplemanuscript owner - Kerslake, Thomasmanuscript owner - Maclure, A.manuscript owner - Maclure, Johnmanuscript owner - Richardson Currer, Francesmanuscript owner - Tillotson (Tillison), John
ProvenanceThe bookplates of Frances Mary Richardson Currer and John W. Maclure, M.P., can be found in the volume.
AcquisitionA letter, signed by Thomas Kerslake, addressed to 'Madam' and dated 9 April 1849, has been bound into the volume. An excerpt from the letter reads as follows: '[...] I bought it from Ford Abbey myself where I heard the tradition that it was by Tillotson - and on referring to Birch's Life I found that he was Chaplain in that House - where there is a large chapel being the Chancel of the Abbey Church and the only remaining member thereof.' The volume was presented to Chetham's Library by Colonel A. F. Maclure, C.B. on 26 April 1924.
Source of DataChetham's Library catalogue; ODNB (Article: 27449); Hannah Yip.
Other NoteAlthough the title of the collection is '17 sermons', the present cataloguer was only able to find fourteen sermons.
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GEMMS record createdJuly 16, 2021
GEMMS record last editedJuly 16, 2021