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Collection of thirty-nine seventeenth-century sermons, many of them transcribed in 1624., 17th century.

Identifier: MS.5767

Scope and Contents

Eight of the items are published sermons by John Donne (folios 11-56); one has been attributed to Donne and extracts from it are published in ‘The sermons of John Donne’, volume x, (folio 1); the other sermons, many of them in the form of jottings, are unidentified.

Among notes on the manuscript by former owners (folios i-iv) is a statement by Augustus Jessopp that it is 'undoubtedly, written by the hand of Dr Donne', but in the view of modern scholars it is undoubtedly not in Donne's hand. See 'The sermons of John Donne', volume i, pages 38-41, and John Sparrow, 'John Donne and Contemporary Preachers'.


  • Creation: 17th century.

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210 Leaves ; Quarto.

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: Undetermined


vi + 204 folios.


Potter, G R and Simpson, E M (editors). ‘The sermons of John Donne’, 10 volumes (Berkeley, 1953-1962).

Sparrow, John. 'John Donne and contemporary preachers', in 'Essays and studies by members of the English association', volume xvi, 1931.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
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Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
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