Bodleian Library, Oxford University

MS. Locke c. 28

A guardbook in which are mounted papers relating to philosophy and religion.

159 leaves.

ff. 1, 2, 2b:

“The Preface to the Reader,” written by Locke for the First Tract on Government. [1661?]

ff. 3-20:

Latin treatise entitled “An Magistratus Civilis posit res adiaphoras in divini cultus ritus asciscere, eosque populo imponere? Aff.” [the Second Tract on Government] [late 1662?]
A draft exists in MS. Locke e. 6.

ff. 21-32:

An essay concerning toleration 1667: A copy by an unidentified scribe, of uncertain date, with extensive additions and corrections; one of four versions of this paper.

ff. 33-40:

A summary of Draft B of Locke’s Essay (1671)

f. 41:

Sapientia 72 (1672)

ff. 42-49:

On translating Nicole (1677)

f. 50:

Adversaria (19 August 1677)

f. 51:

Adversaria (12 November, 1677)

ff. 52-82:

An epitome of An essay concening human understanding [1684 or 5?]

ff. 83-98:

On William Sherlock’s Case of allegiance [1690 or 91]

ff. 99-106:

Notes by William King, Bishop of Derry on Locke’s Essay [1692?], enclosed in a letter to William Molyneux, [early 1692?], MS. Locke c. 13, ff. 6-7.

[printed De Beer iv. (1544)]

ff. 107r-112v:

JL Answer to Mr Norris Reflections (1692)

ff. 113-114:

Two half sheets, each 313 × 219 mm, with notes arranged according to a method of commonplacing that indents headings under an alphabet in the top margin; in this case each letter is divided into five columns for the vowels. Although ff. 113-114 are dated “[16]93”, the notes probably date from early 1694, because they contain references to books published in 1694.

f. 113r:

Ethica (1693 [or 94])

f. 113r:

Anima (1693 [or 94])

f. 113v:

Homo ante et post lapsum (1693 [or 94])

f. 114v:

Voluntas (1693 [or 94])

ff. 115-116:

One sheet, 399 × 315 mm, folded once to form four pages. The quire is signed “Understanding A” at the lower left of f. 115r and “Understanding A” written vertically at the upper right of f. 116v. Contains projected additions for the second edition of the Essay (1694), in Locke’s hand, each with a caption in the left margin.

f. 115r:

Anima [1694]

f. 115r:

Enthusiasm [1694]

ff. 115r-115v:

Method [1694]

f. 115v:

Libertie [9 Sept. 1694]

f. 115v:

Connection of ideas [1694]

f. 116r-116v:

Perhaps it will be said … [1694]

ff. 117-118:

Two sheets of paper, 188 × 233 mm and 214 × 344 mm, containing drafts for planned additions to the second edition of the Essay, written on the back of letter covers, f. 117 addressed to Sir Francis Masham, f. 118 addressed to Locke [by Edward Clarke?]; captioned “Understanding §11” and endorsed (f. 118v) “Understanding Additions B. 3 c. 10 §11.”

f. 117v-118r:

“By this learned art …” [1694?]

f. 118r-118v:

“We cannot but thinke …” [1694?]

ff. 119-120:

Deus. Des Cartes’s proof of a God from the idea of necessary existence examined 1696

ff. 121-138:

Of the Conduct of the Understanding (part) [1704?]

ff. 139-140:

Morality [1692-1696?]

ff. 141-142:

Ethica B [c. 1693]

ff. 143-154:

A gathering that currently consists of six sheets of paper, each folded once and quired together to form 24 pages. Evidence of pinholes used to draw pencil lines, the colour of the ink, the size of the pager, and the contents, shows that there are two separate manuscripts: (a) the inner leaves, ff. 145-152, containing “Of ethick in general” and (b) two outer leaves, ff. 143-144 and 153-154, containing “Thus I think” It is likely that these were originally separate and that the outer leaves were wrapped around the inner quire at some point prior to being mounted in the guardbook.

ff. 143-144,

Thus I thinke [date uncertain]

ff. 146-152:

Of ethick in general [c. 1686-1687?]

ff. 155-156:

Division of the sciences [ca. 1686-1687?]

ff. 157-158:

Division of the sciences [c. 1681]

f. 159:

Notes on Malebranche, De la recherche de la verité [c. 1694?]