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Stanhope, Philip, 1st Earl of Chesterfield (1584-1656)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.761-762
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Stanhope, Philip, 1st Earl of Chesterfield (1584-1656)
Date(s): c 1635
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Stanhope | Philip | 1584-1656 | 1st Earl of Chesterfield
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1583 or 1854; Stanhope paid Secretary Winwood 10,000 for the barony of Shelford, 1616; Nottinghamshire commission of the peace; earldom of Chesterfield and in December, 1628; because of his royalist support he was sent to prison, 1643 and his lands were sequestered; had his allowance withdrawn by parliament, 1654; died, 1656.

The attribution of this MS. to Stanhope is based on the internal evidence of the entries: the first on fol. E.2. which speaks of a 'remedye for ranke Styans...tryed upon my owne childe Arthur Stanhope', the second on Fol. A.4. 'A Plaister for an Ague taught me by my Sonne Ferdinandos wife'. On A.3v the name of 'K. Chesterfield' appears and is presumably that of Stanhope's first wife, the daughter of Lord Francis Hastings, who died in 1636. On fol. B.2, is a reference to my Brother [in law] George Hastings.


Scope and content/abstract:

'A Booke of seuerall receipts / for severall infirmities both in Man and / Woman, and most of them eyther tryed by / my selfe or my wife, or my Mother / or approued by such persons as I / dare giue Credit vnto, that haue / Knowne the experiment of it / themselves'. Compiler's holograph MSS., with additions by other hands. Ff. 7-13 of the Index to Letter E contain 'SMELT (Rev. C.) A few precautionary hints to his parishioners on the subject of Cholera Morbus'. This was probably written in 1831, and the Author, Rector of Gedling in Notts from 1824, died in the same year. Mayerne and Bate are referred to as contemporary physicians. The latter is frequently named, as also are other persons of the same period, such as Bancroft, Bishop of Oxford, i.e. John Bancroft [1574-1648], who was made Bishop of Oxford in 1632.

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Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner. AMS/MF/224 - copies must be produced from the microfilm.

Finding aids:

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased 1910.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2008

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