Catalogue of the papers of Caleb and Sarah Cooke, 1680-1748

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Papers of Caleb and Sarah Cooke


Religious writings of Caleb Cooke and his wife Sarah.

Extent: 0.15 Linear metres, 2 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full Range of Shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. d. 4170; e. 3865

Biographical History

Caleb Cooke (d.1708) was a Church of England clergyman. Sarah Cooke was his wife.

Scope and Content

Sermons by Caleb Cooke and religious essays by Sarah Cooke.


Purchased from Ken Spelman, 31 Jan. 2011.

Sponsored in part by Susan Fielding, Duke Humfrey’s Night, 15 Oct. 2011.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 3823, fols. 1-2].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Cooke | Caleb | d 1708 | clergyman
Cooke | Sarah | fl 1718 | wife of Caleb Cooke


Christian literature -- England
Preaching -- England
Women and religion

Descriptive List

Notebooks with sermons by Caleb Cooke
Date: 1680-1748
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3865
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 271 leaves

Scope and Content

18 pocket notebooks, simply stitched, each with upper cover listing the dates on which the particular sermon was delivered.

Sarah Cooke's essays
Date: 1718
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 4170
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 116 leaves

Scope and Content

Essays, with marginal notes, corrections, and an additional note pinned to one leaf. The inscription urges her heirs to preserve the papers if she does not return from Cornwall: 'I am now going into Cornwall & if it shall please ye Almighty that I do not live to return, I desire my papers which are in ye bottom of ye trunk may be taken care of perus’d by some of my nearest relations: who I hope for their own private use will endeavour to put that into some form which I unwisely leave in so rude & disordered a manner. In hast, Sarah Cooke, June 30, 1718'. The essays cover the following subjects:

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