In Praise of Scribes: Manuscripts and Their Makers in Seventeenth-Century England

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APPENDIX III
Catalogue of papers in Ralph Starkey's study
This list of eighty-nine manuscript works evidently found in Ralph Starkey's study after his death in October 1628 is written in a professional Secretary hand on three folio pages among the Ellesmere Papers in the Huntington Library, San Marino, California (EL 8175), and is printed here by permission of the Huntington Library. It is endorsed, apparently by John Egerton, first Earl of Bridgewater ( 1579-1649), 'Catologue of Papers in Mr Starkys study'. Bridgewater had become a Privy Counsellor in July 1626, and, like Simonds D'Ewes, he may have had a personal interest in Starkey's collections.Any apparent correspondence between titles recorded here and texts represented in manuscripts copied by, or associated with, the Feathery Scribe is noted in square brackets. References here ('[cf. Feathery No. 1]', etc.) are to itemized numbers in Appendix II above.It may be noted that the first thirty titles correspond exactly (and in the same order) to tracts copied on ff. 1r-92v of Inner Temple Library Petyt MS 538, vol. 49 (as well as title No. 33 on f. 93r-v). This is a folio volume evidently produced in the Feathery scriptorium (even with pillars watermark), although not in Feathery's own hand, and is cited below as 'Petyt MS'. Titles Nos. 1-4 and 6 are also largely duplicated in Petyt MS 538, vol. 50 (on ff. 102r-123r), a composite volume including (on ff. 1r-38v) material in Starkey's hand. Other notable collections of tracts corresponding to Starkey's titles include the Castell Gorfod MS (Feathery No. 1.14-22, 25-6), corresponding in irregular order to Starkey Nos. 1, 8, 10-17, and, especially, Rosenbach MS 239/4, No. 11 (162 pages 'selected out of a Book in ye hands of Sir Robert Cotton Knight and Baronett': cf. Feathery No. 102), corresponding in almost identical order to Starkey Nos. 1, 3-30, 32-5. A Cattaloague
1. The death of Queene Elizabeth wth her declaration of her Successor [cf. Feathery No. 1.14]
2. The manner of ye Death and sicknesse of Prince Henry Sonne of Kinge James [cf. Feathery No. 6.1]
3. A discourse of Queene Eliz: intended Marryage wth ye Duke of Anioue1
4. The Earle of Hertfords fine in ye Starre chambr2
5. The Cause of ye Censure in ye Starre chamber against John Hales3
6. Privelidges of ye Earles of ye Empire in Germany [cf. Feathery No. 1.13]
7. An answere to ye Kings lre: for Staye of Justice by all ye Judges4
8. A lre written by ye lord Chauncellor Ellesmer to ye Kinge desireing to be discharged of his office of Chauncellorshipp by reason of his infirmetyes [cf. Feathery No. 1.26]
9. The Politia, or gouvrnmt: of ye vnited Provinces [cf. Feathery No. 6.7]
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1
Evidently the discourse of 1570 by Sir Nicholas Bacon ( 1509-79): cf. Petyt MS, ff. 14v-22v, and Feathery Nos. 32 and 71.
2
Proceedings against Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford ( 1539?-1621), who was fined a total of £15,000 on 5 February 1562/3 for secretly marrying Lady Katherine Grey: cf. Petyt MS, ff. 22v-23r.
3
The writer and MP John Hales (d. 1571) supported the marriage of Lord Hertford (see above).
4
25 April 1616: cf. Petyt MS, ff. 23v-24v.

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