Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 58 (T.2.16)
Date of Creation: Between 1675 and 1676
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: John Price, D.D., The Designed Loyaltie of the Renowned Generall George Monck in Restoring King Charles the Second. (Memoir of General Monk.)
1. Rev. Dr. John Price's Address to the King:
Begins (1, 6 recto lines 1-6): To the King | The Author's Information presented in all humilitie | That he hath endeavoured to vindicate the Memorie | of his deceased Lord Generall Monck from ignorant | and prejudiced Calumnys in the Great affaire of His Majestie's Restauration.
Ends (1, 6 verso line 13): Crowne and person.
2. Preface to the Earl of Bath:
Begins (2, 1 recto lines 1-5): To the Earle of Bathe | The Preface | My Lord | what I have here offered to your Lordshipp I | did designe to committ to Posteritie in a Larger Draught.
Ends (2, 5 verso lines 25, 26): quantum pulverum I commend to your Honours protection | this ensueing Narrative:
3. Dr. Price's Memoir of General Monk:
Begins (2, 6 recto [page not numbered] lines 1-3): The Memoriall | August the first Anno Domini 1659 Sir George Booth | now Lord Delamer by compact at his day did appeare in.
Ends (13, 6 verso [page 142] lines 30-31): Publique for Extra rempublicam non est salus: | Finis.
4. Postscript to the Earl of Bath:
Begins (14, 1 recto [page 143] lines 1-4): Postscript to the Earle of Bathe; | My Lord | I have now finished my Memoriall, in which I have said all | that I will, and more than I once designed of the Contrivance.
Ends (19, 3 verso [page 208] line 17): any part of the Commonwealth.
Remarks: The title page (1, 3 recto) contains within a border of ruled lines: THE DESIGNED LOYALTIE of the Renowned Generall: | George Monck in restoring | King Charles the Second | Justified in a Memoriall Delivered . | into the Right Honorable John: | Earle of Bathe to which is: therefore | annexed a Postscript: [three red lines followed by a space, then after three more red lines] By John Price D.D. Chaplain to | the late and now Duke of Albemarle [three red lines, under which in a next century hand: This M.S. is printed since].
The | Mystery and Method | of His | Majesty's Happy Restoration, laid open to Public View. By John Price, D.D. | one of the late Duke of Albemarle's Chaplains, who was Privy to all the secret | Passages and Particularities of that Glorious Revolution. | London: Printed for James Vade at the Cock and Sugar-Loaf, near St. Dunstane's Church, in Fleet Street, 1680. (Reprinted in Francis Masere's Select Tracts relating to the Civil Wars. London: 1815, pp. 695-800.) Contains only the Preface to the Earl of Bath and the Memoriall, with variations, abbreviations and omissions, the most important being the List of King's Commissioners, pp. 3, 4, which should appear in the printed tract, p. 702, between lines 3, 4, and the last occurring between lines 34, 35, page 709. This unique MS. (see note below by Prof. C.H. Firth) was the Author's original autograph copy presented to Charles II. and the address to the King and the Postscript to the Earl of Bath are hitherto unpublished documents.
No mention is made of this presentation copy in the Dict. Nat. Biog. xlvi. 331.
[Formerly Q.1.20; Q.1.20].
Note by Prof. C.H. Firth, Oxford: Number 58. The Designed Loyalty of the renowned General Monck. There is another copy of this MS. in the Library of Worcester College, Oxford, (where it is number 54 in Coxe's Catalogue of the MSS. of the Colleges & Halls of Oxford, Volume II.) A note by Dr. Price says that he delivered this book to the King on July 12, 1676, thus supplying the precise date of the presentation of the Hunterian copy to Charles II.
Letter from A.P. Barclay, London, 11 June 2001 [Special Collections Correspondence File]: ... A similar version exists in British Library, Egerton MS 2807. That too has a note by Price indicating that he presented a copy to Charles II on 12 July 1676, but he also states that the Earl of Bath had been shown the work 'above a year before'. A further clue about the date is the list of commissioners who were present in London prior to the Restoration (Egerton MS 2807, fo. 10; MS Hunter 58, pp 3-4). This can date no earlier than 1675 as it alludes to the death of Viscount Mordaunt [5 June 1675]. In the BL MS that list is on a separate folio which has clearly been inserted into the completed volume, whereas in MS Hunter 58 the list was incorporated into the text when the rest of the MS was copied in either 1675 or 1676. The royal arms on the binding raises the possibility that MS Hunter 58 is the copy which was presented to the king. The texts of both MSS are similar to but not identical with the version printed in 1680. The differences suggest that Price further polished his text in 1680 prior to publication.
Rebacked in February 1961 by D. Cockerell & Son in green morocco. Spine panels (including title label) replaced. Marbled end-papers preserved. Job no. DC 4126
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 12 3/8 x 8, ff. 118, in single cols. of 28 lines, each 10 x 5, red-ruled borders, pagination, contemporary, beginning (2, 6 verso) with page 2 and ending (19, 3 verso) with page 208, catchwords, no signatures. Late Cent. XVII.
Binding: Original, millboards, covered black morocco, gilt-tooled sides, edges, and inside margins, panels enclosing royal arms with CR, panelled back, gilt edges. Title, modern (gilt), on crimson morocco shield: MONKS | DESIGNED | LOYALTIE. Late Cent. XVII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 64.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: Printed in: Select tracts relating to the civil wars in England in the reign of King Charles the First, by writers who lived in the time of those wars and were witnesses of the events which they describe, edited by Francis Maseres (London, 1815), pp 695-800. See also: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 63-64.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: John Price 1600-1676
Chaplain to Duke of Albemarle.
dedicatee: John Grenville Earl of Bath 1628-1701
[Dsee: D.N.B.]
subject: George Monck 1st Duke of Albemarle 1608-1670
George Monk.
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