Thomas Fuller (1608–1661)



Fifty-nine epigrams first published in Grosart (1868), pp. 217-35. A further six epigrams published in Bertram Dobell, ‘Some Unpublished Epigrams by Thomas Fuller’, The Athenaeum, No. 3835 (27 April 1901), p. 532.

FuT 1

Copy of 59 epigrams ‘by Mr Thomas Fuller’, written on blank leaves between pp. 78 and 84.

In: A printed exemplum of Crashaw's Steps to the Temple, 2nd edition (London, 1648), incorporating a section of printer's proof-sheets, pp. 75-96 of Part I being printed on one side of the paper only, the blank versos filled with contemporary MS copies of other poems and extracts and with ‘MS. Poems mostly in the same hand written on several other l[eaves]’, including (according to Grosart) ‘on the blanks from p. 75 to p. 77…18 numbered “Epigrams” which would seem to belong to Crashaw, though not assigned to him’, also (on blanks of pp. 78-84) a series of epigrams by Thomas Fuller, with ‘other epigrams’ (according to Hazlitt) ‘in a different hand’ and including ‘several of an amatory cast’; the volume signed and possibly compiled by Dudley Posthumus Lovelace, brother of the poet Richard Lovelace. Mid-17th century?.

Owned c.1862-5 by William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913), bibliographer and writer, and from c.1868 by Henry Hucks Gibbs (1819-1907), first Lord Aldenham. Sotheby's, 3 May 1937 (Aldenham sale), lot 553, to Dobell.

Recorded in IELM as CrR Δ 8. Discussed in Lucasta. The Poems of Richard Lovelace, Esq., ed. W. Carew Hazlitt (London, 1864), p. 42; in W. Carew Hazlitt, ‘Thomas Fuller's Unpublished Epigrams’, N & Q, 3rd Ser. 7 (6 May 1865), 352-3; in The Poems and Translations in Verse…of Thomas Fuller D.D., ed. Alexander B. Grosart (privately printed, 1868), pp. 8, 219-20; and in John Eglinton Bailey, The Life of Thomas Fuller, D.D. (London, 1874), pp. 132-3. Hazlitt notes: ‘At the close of the volume occurs, with considerable appearance of having been written by the same person, who has composed or transcribed other pieces, the autograph of Dudley Lovelace, who has written his name a second time with an eye to a little jeu de mots, thus: Dudley Lovelasse, and this gentleman has apparently…copied out portions of his brother's Lucasta upon some of the spare leaves…On the recto of p. 96 there are four verses from Lucasta with the signature of Richarde Lovelace’. Grosart adds a few details of the extracts from Lucasta which occur on the verso of the title-page and two following pages, noting that ‘This portion is partly in short-hand characters, and differs, I think, from the Epigram hand-writing’, also mentioning that the predominant handwriting is ‘somewhat intricate and difficult’. Bailey notes: ‘The handwriting is much abbreviated, but bears a certain similarity to Fuller's in his later years’. Grosart made no reference to this volume in his later edition of Crashaw (1872-88). The presence of the epigrams by Fuller, as also perhaps the use of shorthand, suggests a possible connection with the Hailstone MS (Folger, MS V.a.148).

Edited from this MS in Grosart. Discussed in W. Carew Hazlitt, ‘Thomas Fuller's Unpublished Epigrams’, N&Q, 3rd ser. 7 (6 May 1865), 352-3, and in Bailey, pp. 132-3.

Untraced, [Lovelace/Crashaw volume], pp. 78-84.

FuT 2

Copy of 65 ‘Epigrams By Mr Tho Fuller’.

In: A verse miscellany, much of it in shorthand, almost entirely closely written in a small cursive mixed hand, written from both ends, in contemporary calf with initials ‘E H’ in gilt. 16°, 87 leaves (plus two paste-downs); miscellany, including portions of some 42 identifiable English poems by Crashaw, many of the lines here re-arranged in a garbled fashion; compiled by a Cambridge man, possibly a member of Christ's College; probably in a single hand throughout, with variations of style, written from both ends, about thirty pages in shorthand. c.1650s.

Later owned by Edward Hailstone (1818-90) of Walton Hall, near Wakefield, botanist and book collector. Sotheby's 23 April 1891 (Hailstone sale), probably lot 439, to Dobell). Bertram Dobell's sale catalogue No. 103 (June 1902), item 373. Formerly Folger MS 267.1.

Cited in IELM, I.ii, as the Hailstone MS: CrR Δ 6. Crashaw's work selectively collated (cited as Dobell) in Martin and discussed p. lxxxi. Facsimile of f. 22 in Dobell catalogue. The MS discussed by Dobell, in other connections, in ‘Some Unpublished Epigrams by Thomas Fuller’, The Athenaeum (27 April 1901), p. 532, and in ‘An Early Variant of a Shakespeare Sonnet’, The Athenaeum (2 August 1913), p. 112. Compare CrR Δ 8.

Six epigrams edited from this MS in Dobell, loc. cit. Variants in this MS, and also corrections of Dobell's transcripts, recorded by G. Thorn-Drury (1860-1931) in his exemplum of Grosart in University of Leeds Library (Stack English H-36).

Folger, MS V.a.148, ff. 14r-15v, 24v-5r.

FuT 2.5

Variants in FuT 2, and corrections of Dobell's transcript of six epigrams, recorded by George Thorn-Drury, KC (1860-1931), literary scholar and editor, in his annotated exemplum of Grosart's edition of The Poems and Translations in Verse...of Thomas Fuller (Liverpool, 1868). c.1900s.

Leeds University Library and Special Collections, Stack English H-36.

An Eccho (‘Imbre lachrymarum largo genas spargo, quavis au-rorâ’)

First published in Henry Lawes, Ayres and Dialogues (London, 1653). Grosart, p. 112.

FuT 3

Copy, in Lawes's musical setting (1596-1662).

In: A large folio volume of autograph vocal music by Henry Lawes (1596-1662), ix + 184 leaves, in modern black morocco gilt. Comprising over 300 songs and musical dialogues by Lawes, probably written over an extended period (c.1626-62) in preparation for his eventual publications, including settings of 38 poems by Carew, fourteen poems by or attributed to Herrick, and fifteen by Waller. Mid-17th century.

Bookplates of William Gostling (1696-1777), antiquary and topographer; of Robert Smith, of 3 St Paul's Churchyard; and of Stephen Groombridge, FRS (1755-1832), astronomer. Later owned, until 1966, by Miss Naomi D. Church, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Formerly British Library Loan MS 35.

Recorded in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Henry Lawes MS’: CwT Δ 16; HeR Δ 3; WaE Δ 11. Discussed, with facsimile examples, in Pamela J. Willetts, The Henry Lawes Manuscript (London, 1969). Facsimiles of ff. 42r, 78r, 80r, 84r, 111r and 169r in The Poems and Masques of Aurelian Townshend, ed. Cedric C. Brown (Reading, 1983), pp. 59, 60, 62, 64, 66 and 117. Also discussed in Willa McClung Evans, Henry Lawes: Musician and Friend of Poets (New York and London, 1941), and elsewhere. A complete facsimile of the volume in English Song 1600-1675, ed. Elise Bickford Jorgens, Vol. 3 (New York & London, 1986).

British Library, Add. MS 53723, ff. 139v-40r.

On my Worthy Friend Dr Sparke, His Learned Book (‘A Brood of legendary saints of old’)

First published in Edward Sparke, Scintillula Altaris (London, 1652). Grosart, pp. 108-10.

FuT 4

Copy, headed ‘Mr ffuller on Dr Sparkes Booke’, preceding a copy of Sparke's ‘Learned and pious poems vpon the Holy ffeasts & ffasts off the Church’.

In: A quarto miscellany of principally religious verse, in several hands, 213 pages (plus blanks), in contemporary calf. Late 17th century.

Inscribed (f. i) ‘Anthony Search his most excellent booke Janry 6th Anno Dom: 1695’.

Yale, Osborn MS b 137, p. 2.


Abel Redivivus

First published in London, 1651.

FuT 4.1

Extract from the printed edition, pp. 509-10, comprising a list of works by John Bale.

In: A quarto commonplace book, in several hands, one predominating, 147 leaves, in modern half crushed morocco gilt. Compiled by John Bagford (1650/51-1716), bookseller and antiquary. c.1700.

British Library, Sloane MS 885, ff. 68r-9r.

Andronicus, or the Unfortunate Politician

First published in London, 1646.

FuT 4.3

Extrtacts, headed ‘ffullers Andonic’, dated 1645.

In: An octavo notebook of extracts, in a single small mixed hand, written from both ends, 165 leaves, in contemporary calf. Compiled by one William Bright, entitled ‘ffragmenta hic omnigena è varijs excerpta authoribus ad priuatum existunt vsum WB ex anno 1644’. c.1644-76.

Inscribed also inside the lower cover ‘Will: Bright Novemb 12th pretiu 8d 1645’.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 6160, f. 64r.

FuT 4.4

Extracts, inscribed ‘Fuller's Andronicus or the unfortunate Politician’.

In: A folio miscellany of extracts, in a single cursive hand, 351 leaves, in modern half brown morocco on marbled boards. c.1685-1700s.

Sotheby's, 13 July 1855, lot 1364.

British Library, Add. MS 21107, ff. 41r-2r.

The Church History of Britain

First published in London, 1655.

FuT 4.5


In: A duodecimo notebook of miscellaneous extracts and of memoranda relating to Pembroke College, Cambridge, compiled probably by Nathaniel Gibson. c.1650s.

British Library, Add. MS 21070, ff. 37r et seq.

FuT 4.6

An epitome of the work.

In: A duodecimo commonplace book, compiled by Henry Calverley of Ergholme, Durham. c.1658.

British Library, Add. MS 27419, [unspecified page numbers].

FuT 4.8


In: A folio composite volume of tracts and miscellaneous papers, in several hands, 160 leaves (including numerous blanks), in 19th-century half-calf. Compiled in large part by William Jackson, one of the ‘Custome Masters’ of Great Yarmouth.

Cambridge University Library, MS Oo. 6. 115, ff. 99r-138r.

Ephemeris Parliamentaria

First published as Ephemeris Parliamentaria (London, 1654). Republished in 1657 and 1660 as The Sovereigns Prerogative.

See FuT 9.

Good Thoughts in Bad times

First published in Exeter, 1645, and in London, 1645.

FuT 5

Copy of the complete work, probably transcribed from a printed edition, on 77 octavo pages, the title-page dated ‘London. 1659’.

A flyleaf inscribed, apparently by the transcriber ‘For Mrs Sut[?] Lloyd. May. 5. 1701 from your...’. This MS possibly that sold by John Wilcox, London, in the Peter Le Neve sale on 19 March 1730/1, lot 60.

University of Cincinnati, PR 3461. F8A65. 1659a.

The History of the Holy War

First published in Cambridge, 1639.

FuT 5.1


In: A miscellany.

Recorded in Bailey, p. 181.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 783, ff. 4r-16r, 155v-6v.

FuT 5.2

Extracts, inscribed ‘Fuller's holy War. Enfeild Feb: 17th - 85’.

In: the MS described under FuT 4.4. c.1685-1700s.

British Library, Add. MS 21107, ff. 6r-14r.

FuT 5.21


In: A quarto miscellany of extracts from plays and historical works, with comments on them, entitled ‘Excerpta quædam per A. W. Adolescentem’, in a single cursive predominantly italic hand, 119 leaves, in modern quarter-morocco. Entirely in the hand of the Rev. Abraham Wright (1611-90), of St John's College, Oxford, author. c.1640.

Inscribed (f. 1r) ‘Ja: Wright’ (Abraham's son) and later ‘of Taylor, Brighton’. Bookplate of William Bromley, of Baginton, Warwickshire, 1703. Later owned by the Rev. Philip Bliss (1787-1857), antiquary and book collector. Sotheby's, 21 August 1858 (Bliss sale), lot 220.

For facsimile examples, see ShW 71 and ShW 44.

British Library, Add. MS 22608, ff. 101v-10v.

FuT 5.22


In: A quarto miscellany of extracts chiefly from historical works, in Latin and English, in a single small mixed hand, compiled by one Thomas Gybbons, armiger, 237 leaves, in modern quarter-morocco gilt. Mid-late 17th century.

British Library, Harley MS 980, ff. 316-17.

FuT 5.225

Substantial extracts from Books 1 to 5, headed ‘Extracts out of the Hist. of the Holy Warr’.

In: A folio commonplace book of extracts, in a single cursive hand, written with the volume in oblong format, inscribed in another hand (f. 1r) ‘Historical Collections by the Earl of Derby’. c.1646.

Inscribed (f. 6v) ‘i645: n.$. ne turba Opera meas L Derby’ and (f. 114v) ‘Finis Ja: i3: i645: at Castle Rushen in ye Ile of Man. L Derby:’i.e. compiled by James Stanley (1607-51), seventh Earl of Derby, royalist army officer.

Recorded in Bailey, p. 181

British Library, Sloane MS 874, ff. 89r-114v.

FuT 5.23


In: A quarto commonplace book, written from both ends, unnumbered pages, in contemporary vellum rebound in modern vellum. Compiled by members of the Deynes family and others. Mid-late 17th century.

Inscribed names of Charles Deynes, Grey Bryan (in pencil), and (in pencil) Alex Robertson, Invercargill, New Zealand. Purchased from P.J. and A.E. Dobell 30 November 1924.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 114, [unspecified page numbers].

FuT 5.23


In: A quarto notebook and miscellany, largely in two hands, one of them that of Charles Deynes (1681-1756), of Roydon, near Diss, Norfolk, c.250 pages, in contemporary vellum (rebacked). Late 17th-early-18th century.

Later owned by the Rev. Guy Bryon, of Malden, Essex, and by Alex Robertson, of Inverscargill, New Zealand, who acquired it in 1924 from Dobell. Roy Davids's sale catalogue No.VI (1999), item 32.

Untraced, [Deynes MS], [unspecified page numbers].

FuT 5.231


In: the MS described under FuT 4.3. c.1644-76.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 6160, ff. 64v-5v.

FuT 5.232

Extracts, headed ‘ffullers holy War. 1647’.

In: the MS described under FuT 4.3. c.1644-76.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 6160, f. 66r-v.

FuT 5.233


In: A duodecimo commonplace book of extracts from philosophical works, under headings, in a single minute hand, xx + 327 pages (including a number of blanks), with an index, in modern calf gilt. 1687-8.

Formerly owned by Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca Bibliographici (London, 1964), No. 19.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 8451, [unspecified page numbers].

FuT 5.235

‘Notes out of ye History of ye Holy Warre written by Tho: Fuller’.

In: A quarto volume of extracts from works by Thomas Fuller, in a single hand, 187 pages, in contemporary calf (rebacked). Mid-17th century.

Cambridge University Library, MS Dd. 11. 84, pp. 1-106.

FuT 5.237

Extracts, headed ‘ffullers Holy War’.

In: An octavo commonplace book of tracts and extracts, in a single cursive hand, written from both ends, 186 leaves (plus numerous blanks), in contemporary limp vellum. Compiled entirely by William Drake, MP (1606-69), of Shardeloes, near Amersham, Buckinghamshire. c.1640s.

Later in the library of Charles Kay Ogden (1889-1957), psychologist, linguist, and book collector.

Drake's commonplace books discussed in Stuart Clark, ‘Wisdom Literature of the Seventeenth Century: A Guide to the Contents of the “Bacon-Tottel” Commonplace Books’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 6, Part 5 (1976), 291-305; 7, Part 1 (1977), 46-73, and in Kevin Sharpe, Reading Revolutions (New Haven & London, 2000).

University College London, MS Ogden 7/45, ff. 172v-166v rev.

FuT 5.238

Extracts, headed ‘Observations out of Dr: Fullers holy warre’.

In: A quarto commonplace book and miscellany of verse and prose, in various hands, with additions up to 1751, ii + 662 pages (some erratically numbered), in contemporary calf. c.1672-1715 [plus later additions].

Ownership inscriptions (pp. [i] and [662]), dated 1672, by John Digby, of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Other inscribed names including (p. 662) ‘Thomas Digby’, ‘Edward Digby’, ‘Robert Debnam’, and (p. [640]) ‘Josh: Churchill 1694’.

Harvard, MS Eng 586, pp. [543-71].

FuT 5.24

A précis of the work, in an unidentified hand.

In: A quarto miscellany of three works, 46 leaves, in modern wrappers. Mid-17th century.

Yale, Osborn MS b 146, ff. [1r-40r].

FuT 5.245


In: An octavo miscellany of verse and prose, in English and Latin, in several hands suggesting communal use, paginated 5-309, in mottled calf. c.1697-1702.

Yale, Osborn MS b 63, p. 248 et seq.rev.

FuT 5.25


In: An octavo miscellany of verse and prose, in English and Latin, probably associated with Cambridge, densely written from both ends in a minute hand, paginated 11-264 (plus blanks), in contemporary calf. Mid-17th century.

Sotheby's, 15 February 1928, lot 500. Maggs's sale catalogue No. 550 (1931), item 310.

Yale, Osborn MS b 65, pp. 248-4 rev.

The History of the Worthies of England

First published in London, 1662.

FuT 5.255


In: A folio volume of extracts, compiled by John Stansby, 147 leaves, the majority blank. Late 17th century.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 810, f. 26r-v.

FuT 5.26


In: A quarto volume of antiquarian and miscellaneous extracts, compiled by John Stansby, written from both ends, 34 leaves, in half-calf. Late 17th century.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 816, ff. 38r-42v, 44r, 56v-52v rev.

FuT 5.264

An exemplum of the printed edition of 1662, with annotations (? by George Steevens (1736-1800), literary editor and scholar), including transcripts of notes made in their own exempla by Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725), Yorkshire antiquary and topographer, and by William Oldys (1696-1761), herald and antiquary. Late 18th century.

See John Eglington Bailey, The Life of Thomas Fuller, D.D., with notices of his Books, his Kinsmen, and his Friends, (London, 1874), p. 742.

Bodleian, Mal 3.

FuT 5.265

A folio volume, comprising ‘A Collection of Lives out of Fuller's Worthies, other authors, &c., to be inserted in the second vol. of my Athenæ Cantabrigienses M D M’, compiled by Morris Drake Morris (1695-c.1733), biographer, 133 leaves, including numerous blanks, plus an index. c.1720s.

Bodleian, MS Gough Cambridge 36.

FuT 5.266

Extracts, headed ‘Out of Mr ffullers history of the Worthies of England’.

In: A folio commonplace book of miscellaneous extracts, in English and French, chiefly in a single cursive hand, with some pages in the hand of an amanuensis, written from both ends, i + 134 leaves, originally in contemporary calf (now detached), in modern half red morocco. Compiled by Sir Samuel Tuke, first Baronet (c.1615-74), royalist army officer and playwright, cousin and friend of John Evelyn. Inscribed by him (f. 134r rev.) ‘I began these Collections the 9th of July, 1662 / By Sr Samuel Tuke: Bart:’. c.1662-5.

Volume CCLVII of the Evelyn Papers, of John Evelyn (1620-1706), diarist and writer, of Wootton House, Surrey, and his family, also incorporating papers of his father-in-law, Sir Richard Browne, Bt (1605-83), diplomat, and his family. Formerly Christ Church, Oxford, Evelyn MS 164.

British Library, Add. MS 78424, ff. 85r, 84r, 83r rev.

FuT 5.267

Extracts, headed ‘Colleccons out of ye history of the Worthies of England Endeavoured by Th. ffuller’.

In: A folio composite volume of miscellaneous, genealogical and antiquarian papers, in two or more hands, 108 leaves, in 19th-century half-calf gilt.

Inscribed (f. 2r) ‘Liber Ricardi Stgeorge Norroy 1607’: i.e. Sir Richard St George (1554/5-1635), Norroy King of Arms, and ‘Sum EUmfreville’, i.e. Edward Unfreville (1702?-96), collector of legal manuscripts.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 259, ff. 102r-4v.

FuT 5.268

A duodecimo volume, comprising a brief description of England and account of its worthies extracted entirely from Fuller's work. Owned, and possibly written, by one Abraham Bassano. 1657.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 682.

FuT 5.27


In: the MS described under FuT 5.233. 1687-8.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 8451, [Unspecified page numbers].

FuT 5.271


In: An octavo verse miscellany, including fourteen poems by Donne, almost entirely in a single hand, 33 leaves (plus six blanks), in contemporary vellum. c.1630.

Possibly associated with the Inns of Court. Later used, and annotated in the margin, by William Fulman (1632-88), Oxford antiquary.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) as the ‘Fulman MS’: DnJ Δ 36. Formerly Bodleian MS CCC 327.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 327, f. 11r.

FuT 5.272


In: A commonplace book, owned or compiled by John Gybbon. c.1712.

Princeton, AM 16022, [unspecified page numbers].

FuT 5.273

Extracts, headed ‘Choicest English Prouerbs collected out of Howell's Tetragl. & Fullers Worthies’.

In: A quarto miscellany of verse and prose, in English, French, Latin and Greek, written from both ends in various hands, with a list of contents, 117 leaves, in half-calf. Late 17th century.

Bookplate of Charles W.G. Howard, ‘The Gift of the Rt. Hon. Sir David Dundas Knt. of Ochtertyre 1877’. Formerly Chest II, No. 13.

Yale, Osborn MS b 52/1, pp. 106-8.

The Holy State

First published in London, 1642. Edited by M.G. Walten, 2 vols (New York, 1938).

FuT 6

Extracts, inscribed ‘Fuller's holy state’.

In: the MS described under FuT 4.4. c.1685-1700s.

British Library, Add. MS 21107, ff. 14v-23v.

FuT 6.2

Extracts, headed ‘His holy state. 1648’.

In: the MS described under FuT 4.3. c.1644-76.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 6160, ff. 66v-7r.

FuT 6.212

‘Notes out of ye Holy State writt: by Tho: Fuller’, subscribed at the foot of p. 187 ‘Continued yes Notes also[?] in yt Book where are written notes out of my Ld Bacons Henry ye Seventh’.

In: the MS described under FuT 5.235. Mid-17th century.

Cambridge University Library, MS Dd. 11. 84, pp. 107-87.

FuT 6.3


In: the MS described under FuT 5.233. 1687-8.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 8451, [Unspecified page numbers].

FuT 6.4


In: the MS described under FuT 5.238. c.1672-1715 [plus later additions].

Harvard, MS Eng 586, ff. [572-6].

FuT 6.5

Series of extracts from The Holy State, interspersed with passages from Bacon (BcF 207.5) and the Bible.

In: A large folio volume containing autograph ‘Observations Out of ye Old & New Testament also out of Lord Bacons Essays & Fuller's Holy State Jan: 16: 1696/7’ by Samuel Brydges, afterwards first Duke of Chandos, with some pages relating to naval matters in a scribal hand, 176 pages (plus a few blanks), in contemporary panelled calf.

Among the Stowe Papers of the Brydges and related families, brought together at Stowe House, Buckinghamshire. Bookplate of James Brydges of Wilton Castle, Herefordshire.

Huntington, ST 13, pp. 8, 10-14, 16, 33, 35, 37, 39-42, 49, 51-6, 58, 60, 62-3, 65-6, 68-9, 71, 73.

FuT 6.6

Extracts, headed ‘ffullers holy State’.

In: the MS described under FuT 5.237. c.1640s.

University College London, MS Ogden 7/45, f. 166v-r rev.

FuT 6.7

Extracts, headed ‘Notations out of D. Ful: Ho: St:’.

In: A quarto miscellany of religious and political prose and verse, in English and Latin, in several secretary, italic and mixed hands, 318 leaves (including blanks, foliated on versos), in contemporary vellum boards. Compiled over a period (entries dated between 1621 and 1667) by members of the family of Sir Marmaduke Rawdon (1583-1646), merchant, shipowner and royalist soldier. Mid-17th century.

Inscribed (f. 278r) ‘Mary Elliston october the 27 1763’ and ‘Mary Elliston Collchester’. Later owned by Edward Hailstone (1818-90), of Walton Hall, Wakefield, botanist and book collector.

York Minster, MS Add. 122, ff. 169v-74v, 249r-59r.

FuT 6.8

Copy in two hands, untitled, on 108 quarto pages (less excised leaves), in 19th-century brown calf gilt. In two hands, partly in double columns, probably transcribed from the first edition (with some differences of arrangement) but conceivably a copy of an earlier MS version. [After 1676].

Owned (before 1891) by Frederick Buckle, with his interleaved notes and cuttings throughout.

This MS recorded in Bailey, pp. 229-30 (however, it does not date from c.1642-8 or derive from the Little Gidding community, as Bailey implies). This MS probably that referred to (mistakenly) as a MS of Fuller's Worthies in a note by ‘F.B.’ in Long Ago: A Monthly Journal of Popular Antiquities, No. 1 (January 1873), p. 19.

Yale, Osborn MS b 220.

FuT 6.9

Extracts, relating to William Perkin, heading ‘Holly State’.

In: A quarto commonplace book of extracts from theological and historical works, largely in a single minute hand, 116 leaves, in modern half crushed morocco on cloth boards gilt. c.1673.

Inscribed (f. 10v) ‘Gaue these Book to Mr Norman to Couer’.

British Library, Sloane MS 719, f. 73r.

Truth Maintained

First published in Oxford, 1643.

FuT 6.95


In: A quarto volume of fragments of theological tracts, 113 leaves. Late 17th century?

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 1494, ff. 106r-9r.

Works of Uncertain or Doubtful Authorship

Observations of the Shires

First published in John Gutch, Collectanea Curiosa (Oxford, 1781), I, 222-6.

FuT 7

Copy in the hand of William Sancroft, headed ‘Mr Fullers observations of the shires’. Mid-17th century.

In: A folio composite volume of miscellaneous papers, in various hands, 254 leaves, in contemporary calf. Compiled in part by William Sancroft (1617-93), Archbishop of Canterbury.

Edited from this MS in Gutch. Recorded in Gibson, XXXIV (p. 144), and in Bailey, pp. 139, 744-5. Mid-17th century.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 88, f. 3r-v.

Historical and Chronological Account of the University of Cambridge and its Colleges

First published, edited by the Rev. Marmaduke Prickett and Thomas Wright (Cambridge, 1840).

FuT 8

Copy of a draft chronological account in Latin of the University of Cambridge, in Thomas Baker's hand, the notes ascribed by him to Fuller (‘Auctor hujus MSti: est Tho: Fuller, ut perhibent, et uti patet ex Fol: 276: 275 ubi Robertus Tounson Auunculus, et Johannes Davenant Auunculus et Dominus Auctoris designatur’), though he adds that many additions appear in another hand (‘Plurima tamen adduntur aliâ manu’). Baker testifies that the original manuscript which he was transcribing (albeit while making editorial alterations) was at Jesus College, Cambridge (‘Transcripta ex Codice MS: Coll: Jesu Cant:/Cl: F: E: 15:/ordine mutato [o]missisq. nonnullis, quae vel impressa sunt, vel alibi certius et melius habentur’).

In: A folio volume of historical and academic papers, entirely in the hand of Thomas Baker (1656-1750), Cambridge antiquary. c.1707.

Bailey, discussing these notes (pp. 503-4, 752), observes that ‘A comparison of some of the pages with Fuller's History [of the Worthies of England] serves to show that they were undoubtedly the rough notes that he had before him when writing it’, but that Fuller's original manuscript is no longer to be traced at Jesus College.

British Library, Harley MS 7033, ff. 259r-94r.

FuT 9

Copy, apparently transcribed from FuT 8.

In: A folio volume of transcripts made by Thomas Baker (1656-1740), Cambridge antiquary, 309 pages (plus index). Late 17th-early 18th century.

Cambridge University Library, MS Mm. 2. 23, ff. 247r-84r.



*FuT 10

Fuller's subscription, with signature only, to the Thirty-Nine Articles, upon his graduation at Queens' College, at the end of the Lent Term in 1624/5. 1625.

In: The University Subscriptions Book, 1613-38.

The signature is reproduced in facsimile in Bailey, p. 88.

Cambridge University Archives, Subscriptiones I, p. 198.

*FuT 11

Fuller's subscription, with signature only, upon graduating as Master of Arts. 1628.

In: the MS described under FuT 10.

The signature is reproduced in Bailey, p. 98.

Cambridge University Archives, Subscriptiones I, p. 271.

*FuT 12

Fuller's two-line autograph subscription in English, signed by him, upon graduating as Bachelor of Divinity. 1635.

In: the MS described under FuT 10.

Facsimile of the full subscription in IELM, II.i (1987), Facsimile XIXa, after p. xxiv. The signature alone reproduced in Bailey, p. 161.

Cambridge University Archives, Subscriptiones I, p. 472.

*FuT 13

The Bishop's Transcripts, signed (‘Thomas Fuller Minister’) as rector of St Bene't's, in 1630, 1631, and 1632. 1630-2.

Cambridge University Archives, Ely Diocesan Records, H3, Cambridge St Bene't.

*FuT 14

Autograph petition signed by Fuller, to the Committee for Compositions at Goldsmith Hall, 1 June 1636, among the Royalist Compositions. 1646.

Facsimiles in Bailey, after p. 376, and in IELM, II.i (1987), Facsimile XIXb, after p. xxiv.

National Archives, Kew, SP 23/G85/1022.

*FuT 15

A certificate signed by Fuller, allowing John Pinney to remain curate at Broadwindsor in Dorset, 18 October 1660. 1660.

Formerly in the possession of Major General Sir Reginald John Pinney (1863-1943) of Racedown, Dorset.

This MS edited in Bergen Evans, ‘Thomas Fuller at Broadwindsor’, RES, 7 (1931), 452-3.

Untraced, [Fuller document].

Miscellaneous Extracts from Fuller's Works


FuT 16

Copy in: A volume of genealogical material relating to Northern families. Late 17th century.

Recorded in HMC, 3rd Report (1872), Appendix, p. 294.

Bradford Archives, 32D86/11, [unspecified page numbers].

FuT 17

Copy in: A large untitled folio anthology of quotations chiefly from Elizabethan and Stuart plays, alphabetically arranged under subject headings, in a single mixed hand, in double columns, 900 pages (lacking pp. 1-4, 379-80, 667-8, 715-20 and 785-8), including (pp. 893-7) an alphabetical index of some 351 titles of plays, in modern boards. This is the longest known extant version of the unpublished anthology Hesperides or The Muses Garden, by John Evans, entered in the Stationers' Register on 16 August 1655 and subsequently advertised c.1660, among works he purposed to print, by Humphrey Moseley. Another version of this work, in the same hand, dissected by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-89), is now distributed between Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Halliwell-Phillipps, Notes upon the Works of Shakespeare, Folger, MS V.a.75, Folger, MS V.a.79, and Folger, MS V.a.80. c.1656-66.

Formerly MS 469.2.

This MS identified in IELM, II.i (1980), p. 450. Discussed, as the ‘master draft’, with a facsimile of p. 7 on p. 381, in Hao Tianhu, ‘Hesperides, or the Muses' Garden and its Manuscript History’, The Library, 7th Ser. 10/4 (December 2009), 372-404 (the full index printed as ‘Catalogue A’ on pp. 385-94).

Folger, MS V.b.93, passim.