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Arbitrary government described : and the government of the Massachusetts vindicated from that aspersion : autograph manuscript, signed

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Title:
Arbitrary government described : and the government of the Massachusetts vindicated from that aspersion : autograph manuscript, signed
Title (alt.):
Arbitrary governmt described and the governmt of the Massachusetts vindicated from that aspersion
Title (uniform):
Arbitrary government described
Description:
A manuscript in six parts, all in the hand of John Winthrop. Contains: 1. The full text of Arbitrary government described (1644) -- 2. Miscellaneous excerpts from the writings of Thomas Aquinas (in Latin) -- 3. Commentary on Deuteronomy 22:28 -- 4. A summary of the Committee of Deputies' reply to Arbitrary government described (with Winthrop's commentary on the same) titled "The returnes of the com[m]ittee of the house of Dep:: concerning the book about arbitrary governmt, in the examn thereof, & the votes of the house passed upon each p[ar]ticular" -- 5. Winthrop's defense of Arbitrary government described, titled "The author's review of his writing" -- 6. A contemporary bifolium (26 x 17 cm, folded) containing notes in the hand of John Winthrop, collectively titled "About the booke abt Arbitrary governmnt."
Creator:
Winthrop, John, 1588-1649
Former owner:
Winthrop, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1809-1894
Date:
1644
Format:
Manuscripts
Location:
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
Collection (local):
Colonial and Revolutionary Boston (Collection of Distinction)
Subjects:
Law--Colonies--United States
Massachusetts--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Extent:
1 item (20 leaves) : paper ; 20 x 16 cm or smaller, in clamshell box 30 x 25 cm + accompanying material and former album binding
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Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
Restrictions:
Access to physical copy/copies by appointment only. Please contact Boston Public Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Department for further information.
Place of origin:
Boston, Massachusetts
Notes (acquisition):
Donated to the BPL by Robert C. Winthrop on July 28, 1877.
Notes:
Title from title page (p. [1], first unnumbered sequence): Arbitrary governmt described and the governmt of the Massachusetts vindicated from that aspersion.
Notes (object):
Prior to conservation in 2018, all leaves tipped in to a 19th-century album compiled by Robert C. Winthrop. The album also contains two engravings and a photographic portrait of John Winthrop, a four-page hand-written introduction by Robert C. Winthrop, and two excerpts from Robert C. Winthrop's "Life and letters of John Winthrop."
Each leaf foldered individually and housed in a tan cloth box together with previous binding.
Including the title page and unnumbered pages (listed below in brackets), the pagination of the manuscript is: [4], 12, [4], 13-18; [10]; [4]. According to a contemporary note in John Winthrop's hand, the second sequence of four unnumbered pages is meant to be interpolated between numbered pages 13 and 14. A cancel slip is tipped on to page 4. Signed twice by John Winthrop on p. [10].
Language:
English
Table of Contents:
Arbitrary governmt described and the governmt of the Massachusetts vindicated from that aspersion (pp. [1]-18)
[Excerpts from the writings of Thomas Aquinas] (pp. [1-2], third unnumbered sequence)
[Commentary on Deuteronomy 22:28] (p. [3], third unnumbered sequence)
The returnes of the com[m]ittee of the house of Dep:: concerning the book about arbitrary governmt, in the examn thereof, & the votes of the house passed upon each p[ar]ticular (pp. [5-8], third unnumbered sequence)
The author's review of his writing (pp. [9-10], third unnumbered sequence)
About the booke abt arbitrary governmnt (pp. [1-4], fourth unnumbered sequence).
Identifier:
MS-f-Am-2175_001 - MS-f-Am-2175_042
Call #:
RARE BKS MS f Am. 2175
Barcode:
39999085870820