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Collection of political and parliamentary documents

Identifier: P65737

Scope and Contents

The call number for this collection is V.b.303.


  • compiled circa 1550-circa 1650

Language of Materials

In English with a little French and Latin.


Collection is open for research.


1.0 volume (350 pages)


Compiled by several people, this collection of political and parliamentary documents contains speeches; letters and petitions (including to Elizabeth I, Queen of England and James I, King of England); reports of famous trials; notes on the history of England (covering from the time of William the Conqueror through the Commonwealth), France (particularly the Huguenots and the death of Henry I, Duke of Guise), and Spain (including the West Indies and Central America); Anglo relations with the French, Spanish and Portuguese; relations between Turkey and Poland; many satirical poems, chiefly of the Civil War period; and several prophecies, including two by Merlin, telling of the coming of James I. The original writer(s) of some of the parliamentary speeches may have been a member of parliament. The first person singular occurs several times in the reports, e.g. "Mr. Mason his advice to me of my manner of proceeding in Parliament" (p. 145), and elsewhere, e.g. "I Thomas Gee ..." (p. 232 -- transcribed as Thomas Crepe in the sale catalog).


Hon. Frederic North (later Earl of Guildford), bookplate on inside front cover. Phillipps manuscript, 7511.

Acquisition Information

The Collection of political and parliamentary documents was purchased at the Sotheby's sale of June 26, 1967 (lot 596).

Other Formats

Also available on microfilm, Film Fo. 456 (reduction ratio 12:1, 24 feet).

Guide to the Collection of Political and Parliamentary Documents, compiled circa 1550-circa 1650 Folger MS V.b.303
Unverified Full Draft
Finding aid prepared by Folger Shakespeare Library Staff, circa 1967; revised Alison E. Bridger, 2010
circa 1967
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
Original encoding partially funded by the Gladys Kreble Delmas Foundation, in collaboration with the Research Libraries Group.

Revision Statements

  • 2010: Converted to EAD 2002 and revised by Alison E. Bridger in March 2010.
  • 2004: Coding and textual changes made by Folger Cataloging, Curatorial, and Technical Services staff, March 23, 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the Folger Shakespeare Library Repository

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Washington DC 20003 USA