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Collection Level Description: Papers of Thomas Brett

Reference: MSS. Eng. th. c. 24-43, c. 51-4, c. 66
Title: Papers of Thomas Brett
Dates of Creation: 1685-1744
Extent: 25 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Thomas Brett (1667-1744) was a nonjuror and theologian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Papers of Thomas Brett, consisting of:

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The bulk of the papers descended from Brett's son, Nicholas, to John Bowdler (1746-1823), Thomas Bowdler (1782-1856) and W.J. Copeland (1804-85). Copeland left them to his nephew W.C. Borlase. They were bought at the sale of his libary (Sotheby's, 21 February 1887, lot 317) by Bull & Auvache, booksellers, who sold them to T.W. Jackson, Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, in 1888. For a full account of the descent of the papers, see S.L. Ollard, 'The Nonjurors and the authority for their later history', Theology, 2 (1921), 283-90

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the papers were bought by the Library in 1916 from Leslie Chaundy, bookseller, of Oxford, with the help of donations from fifteen scholars. The rest of the papers were bought in 1933 from R.J.K. Mott, except for MS. Eng. th. c. 54, which was given to the Library by R.J.K. Mott in 1953.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 46563-87.

Related Units of Description

See also Exercise Books of H.P.K. Skipton.

Publication Note

The papers were extensively used in Henry Broxap, The later non-jurors (Cambridge, 1924).

Access Points



Brett | Nicholas | fl. 1732-1733

Brett | Thomas | 1667-1744 | Nonjuror and Theologian

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