Bodleian Library, Oxford University

MS. Locke c. 24

A guardbook in which are mounted letters and drafts of letters from Locke, 1652-1704, arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent.

200 leaves (leaves 61-153, letters to Peter King, were removed in 1954; see MS. Locke c. 40)

Individual items in the volume include:


ff. 1, 2:

Latin oration or letter to an unknown correspondent [ca. 1650-1652].

Drafts; f. 2 is a fair copy; both in Locke’s hand.

Printed: De Beer i. 1.

ff. 3-4:

Letter to “H. C”, 1 May 1654.

The letter refers to “the courtesies I received at Hampton Court”, so “H. C” may refer to that place, rather than the name of the recipient(s). On the verso is a draft of a letter (f. 3v (see next item).

Signature: Sir your most gratefull and obleiged servant | Oxon: Ch: Ch: 1o May 1654

Address: [on f. 4v; cut away, apart from a few final letters]

Endorsement: Letters to H. C

Printed: De Beer i. 15.

f. 3v:

Letter to “H. C”, [1 May 1654?].

Draft of a letter to an unidentified person, perhaps a woman; on the verso of the previous letter; the bifolium is endorsed “Letters to H. C”

Printed: De Beer i. 16.

f. 5:

Letter to an unidentified correspondent, perhaps “H. C”, 1 May 1654.

Signature: your most faithfull and most affectionate servant | John Locke | Oxford. Ch. Ch. 1o Maij 1654

Printed: De Beer i. 17.

ff. 6-7:

Letter to [William Carr], 23 January 1658.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | Your most faithfull servant | John Locke | Ch: Ch: 23o Jan 1657

Answered by Carr on 30 January.

Printed: De Beer i. 37.

f. 8:

Letter to an unidentified lady (draft), 19 September [1659?].

Salutation: Madam

Signature: Madam | Your most faithfull and affectinoate freind | L | Pensford 19o Sept:

Printed: De Beer i. 78.

f. 9:

Letter to an unidentified lady (draft), [spring 1659?].

Salutation: Sir Madam

Printed: De Beer i. 53.

f. 10:

Letter to [Anne Evelegh?] (draft?), [mid-July 1659?].

Salutation: Sir Madam

Printed: De Beer i. 63.

f. 11:

Letter to an unidentified lady (draft?), [ca. July 1659?].

Salutation: Madam.

Printed: De Beer i. 62.

f. 12:

Letter to an unidentified lady, 4 June 1659.

Salutation: Madam

Signature: Madam | Your most faithfull and obedient servant | J L: | 4o June 59.

Printed: De Beer i. 58.

f. 13:

Letter to an unidentified lady, [1658/1659?].

Draft written on a letter cover; the verso bears the address “For Mr John Locke in C: Church Oxon.”

Salutation: Madam

Printed: De Beer i. 45.

f. 14:

Letter to [Thomas Westrowe?], 8 November [1659?].

Letter written but not sent [?].

Superscription: Pensford 8o Nov:

Salutation: Deare Freind

Signature: Yours | J L

Printed: De Beer, i. 82; Boyle, Correspondence, 3:164-165.

f. 15:

Letter to [Anne Evelegh?], [late July 1659?].

Locke wrote a draft for this letter in pencil on the inner pages of a letter from his father, Letter no. 54.

Printed: De Beer i. 65]

f. 16:

Letter to an unknown correspondent [ca. 1650-1652]

Draft or copy of a Latin letter.

Salutation: Εὐπράττειν

Signature: Favoris Tui studiosissimus | J. Locke.

Endorsement: Elect Epistola

Printed: De Beer i. 2.

ff. 17-18:

Letter to a friend of William Thomas (draft), 3 December [1693].

[printed De Beer. iv. 1678]

f. 19:

Letter to an unidentified lady (draft), 12 December [1659?].

Salutation: Zoft harted and vaire condicon zister

Subscription: From ditchet the dozenth day of dezember when the Vokes were goeing to nummet

Printed: De Beer i. 88.

ff. 20-21:

Letter to Sir John Banks, 30 May/9 June 1677 [draft, with revisions].

Superscription: Paris 9o Jun. 77

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | Your most humble servant | John Locke

Address: These present To Sir John Banks at his house in Lincolns-Inne-feilds, London

Endorsement: J L to Sir J Banks 9 Jun. 77

Answers Banks’s letters of 2 April and 4 June; answered by Banks on 14 June and 18 June.

Printed: De Beer. i. 336.

f. 22:

Letter to Sir John Banks (draft), 5/15 January 1678.

Salutation: Sir

Endorsement: J L to Sir J Banks 15 Jan. 78

Answers Banks’s letter of 27 December 1677.

Printed: De Beer. i. 367.

f. 23:

Letter to Banks (draft), 11/21 December 1678.

Superscription: Paris 21 Dec. 78

Endorsement: To Sir J: Banks 21 Dec. 78

Perhaps begun as a letter, but kept as a draft; one large corner is torn away.

Answers Banks’s letter of 25 November; answered by Banks on 23 December.

Printed: De Beer. i. 431.

ff. 24-25:

Letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Berkeley (draft), [early October 1697].

[printed De Beer. vi. 2321]

f. 26:

Letter written “For W. C. to My Lord P: Secretary”, [1656/1657?]

Draft written in Locke’s hand, headed “For W. C. to My Lord P: Secretary”; “W. C.” may be William Carr; “My Lord P:” may be the Lord Protector.

Printed: De Beer i. (31).

ff. 27-28:

Letter to William Carr, 5 March [1660].

Superscription: March. 5.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | Your most affectionate friend | J L

Address: Thes present To mr William Carr at Colonel Pophams at lincolne howse Westminster.

Not a draft, but probably never sent; answers Carr’s letter of [3 February].

Printed: De Beer i. 93.

ff. 29-30:

Letter to William Carr, 15 March [1660].

Superscription: Ch Ch: 15o Mar.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: yours most affectionately | J L

Address: These present To Mr William Carr at Lincoln howse Westminster:

Draft; year from content of the letter.

Printed: De Beer i. 94.

f. 32:

Draft letter to Dr. John Covel, 29 September 1697; original in British Library, Add. MS. 22,910, f. 463.

[printed in Bourne, Life, vol. 2:413; De Beer, vi. 2319; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 250-251]

ff. 33-34:

Letter to Dr. Thomas Coxe, 13/23 June 1678.

Superscription: Paris 23 Jun. 78

Salutation: Sir

Answers Coxe’s letter of 2 June.

[printed De Beer. i. 386]

ff. 35-36:

Letter to Charles Cudworth, 27 April 1683.

[printed in King, Life (1829), p. 249-251; De Beer. ii. 765; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 91-92]

f. 37:

Letter to Robina Douglas, Countess of Forfar (draft), 29 November 1691.

[printed De Beer. iv. 1432]

f. 38:

Letter to “E A” [Anne Evelegh?], [ca. 19 November 1659?].

Draft headed “E A”; probably answer to Evelegh’s letter of 8 November.

Printed: De Beer i. 84]

ff. 39-40:

Letter to Mrs. Sarah Edwards, 21 July 1659.

Locke wrote a draft for this letter in pencil on the inner pages of a letter from his father, Letter no. 54.

Salutation: Mrs Edwards

Signature: Your freind and servant | J Locke. | Oxford. 21o July 1659

Address: These for Mrs Sarah Edwards at Westbury.

Printed: De Beer i. 64; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 8-9.

f. 41:

Letter to Sir Stephen Evance (draft), 6 November 1697.

[printed De Beer. vi. 2346]

ff. 42-43:

Letter to Henry Fletcher (draft), 23 April 1701; the letter sent is in National Library of Scotland, MS. 17,851, ff. 35-36.

[printed De Beer. vii. 2908 (the draft); viii, pp. 441-443 (the letter sent)]

ff. 44-45:

Letter to Edward Fowler, bishop of Gloucester (draft), 23 July 1696.

[printed De Beer. v. 2112]

f. 46:

Letter to J. F. (draft), [1698/1699?].

[printed in Cranston, John Locke (1957), pp. 415-416; De Beer. vi. 2528; passage printed in King, Life (1829), pp. 196-197]

ff. 47-48:

Letter to Benjamin Furly (draft), 30 March 1700.

[printed De Beer. vii. 2700]

f. 49:

Letter to “G W” [William Godolphin], [ca. August 1659?].

Headed “G W”; evidently draft answer to Godolphin’s letter of 7 July.

Printed: De Beer i. 66; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, page 10.

f. 50:

Letter to Dr. Denis Grenville, 16 September 1679.

[printed De Beer. ii. 503]

ff. 51-52:

Letter to Lady Guise, 11/21 June 1688.

[printed De Beer. iii. 1056]

f. 53:

Letter to “J H.” [John Hoskins?], [late September 1659?].

Salutation: Sir

Draft headed “J H.”; answers Hoskins’s letter of 13 September.

Printed: De Beer i. 77.

ff. 54-55:

Letter to Sir William Honywood and the other Commissioners of Appeals, 22 May 1696 (draft).

[printed De Beer. v. 2094]

f. 55:

Letter to Sir William Trumbull, 22 May 1696 (draft); letter send in Berkshire Record Office, Reading. Marquess of Downshire MSS., vol. XXXI, no. 42.

[printed (from the letter sent) in De Beer. v. 2093]

f. 56:

Letter to Sir William Honywood and the other Commissioners of Appeals, 23 May 1696 (draft).

[printed De Beer. v. 2095]

f. 57:

Letter to Dr. John Hudson, 4 March 1702/3 (draft).

[printed De Beer. vii. 3261]

ff. 58-59:

Letter to Dr. Ayliffe Ivye, 8 January [1661?].

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | Your most obleiged servant | Jo: Locke | Pensford 8o Jan

Address: These present To his honoured freind Dr Ivie at Brislington | This for Dr Ivie

Fair copy, complete with address, but no sign of seal; probably not sent.

Printed: De Beer i. 113.

f. 60:

Letter to “J O”, [early August 1660?].

Headed “To J O”.

Salutation: Sir

Printed: De Beer i. 101.

ff. 61-153:

Letters to Peter King; removed in 1954; see MS. Locke c. 40

f. 154:

Letter to Jean Le Clerc, 16/26 February 1688.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1011; Le Clerc, Epistolario (1987-97), no. 141]

f. 155:

Letter to Philippus van Limborch, 22 April [1690].

[printed in King, Life (1830), vol. 2:310-311; De Beer, iv. 1285]

ff. 156-157:

Draft of a letter to Philippus van Limborch, 29 October 1697; contains a passage omitted from the letter sent (Amsterdam University Library, MS. R.K., Ba 257p and q).

[printed De Beer, vi, pp. 783-787]

ff. 161-162:

Draft of a letter to Philippus van Limborch, 21 February 1697/8; the letter sent is in Amsterdam University Library, MS. R.K., Ba 258a and b.

[printed De Beer, vi, pp. 787-791]

f. 163:

English draft of a letter to Philippus van Limborch, 21 May 1698; the letter sent is in Amsterdam University Library, MS. R.K., Ba 258f.

[printed in De Beer, vi. pp. 791-793]

ff. 165-166:

Letter to John Locke, sen., 4 May 1652.

Salutation: Most deare and ever lovein father

Signature: Tuus obedientissimus filius | John Locke | Westminster 4o Maij 1652

Address: For my ever loveing father Mr John Locke, at Pensford. Leave this at Mr Michaell Paxtons in st Thomas street Bristoll

Printed: De Beer, i. 3.

ff. 167-168:

Letter to John Locke, sen., 11 May 1652.

Salutation: Most deare and ever loveing father

Signature: Tuus obedientissimus filius | John Locke | Westminster 11 May 1652

Address: For my loveing father Mr John Locke at Pensford. Leave this at Mr Michell Paxtons in st Thomas street Bristoll.

Printed: De Beer, i. 4.

ff. 169-170:

Letter to John Locke, sen., 25 October 1656.

Superscription: Most deare father

Signature: Your most obedient sonne | J Locke

Subscription: Westminster 25o Oct. 1656

Address: For Mr John Locke at Pensford | Leave this at Mr Thomas Days in st Thomas street Bristoll.

Printed: De Beer, i. 29; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, p. 5.

f. 171:

Letter to John Locke, sen., 15 November 1656.

The central part of the letter has been cut away, leaving the postscript intact.

Signature: J. Locke | … | Westminster 15o Novem: 1656

Endorsement: Nayler 56.

Printed: De Beer, i. 30; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 5-6.

f. 172:

Letter to John Locke, sen., [6 April 1658?].

Salutation: Honoured Sir

Signature: your most obedient sonne | J Locke | Ch: Ch: 6o Feb: 1658 [De Beer notes that this date is clearly incorrect, based on internal evidence; he suggests that the month is incorrect, but the year and date are correct].

Printed: De Beer, i. 43.

ff. 173-174:

Letter to John Locke, sen., 22 June [1659].

Subscription: 22o June.

Address: These For Mr John Locke at Pensford To be left at Mr Thomas Days in St Thomas street Bristoll

Year from the contents of the letter. Answers his father’s letter of 21 May.

Printed: De Beer, i. 59; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 6-7.

ff. 175-176:

Letter to John Locke, sen., [ca. 9 January 1660].

Salutation: Honoured Sir

Address: These present To mr John Locke at Pensford. To be left at mr Thomas Days in st Thomas street Bristoll.

Printed: De Beer, i. 91; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 17-18.

ff. 177-178:

Letter to John Locke, sen., 10 April [1660].

Superscription: 10o Apr.

Salutation Deare Father

Signature: Sir | Your most obedient sonne | J Locke:

Address: These present To my Father.

Endorsement: To Mr J Locke

Printed: De Beer, i. 95.

f. 179:

Letter to John Locke, sen., 20 December [1660?].

Superscription: 20o Dec:

Salutation: Most deare and ever loveing Father

Signature: Sir | your most obedient sonne | J L:

Address: These present To my Father Mr John Locke at Pensford.

At the head of the letter Locke wrote “last”; his father died on 7 February 1661.

Printed: De Beer, i. 110; King, Life (1829), pages 2-3; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 24-25.

ff. 180-181:

Copy by Locke from letters to Peter Locke, 14 October, 17 October and 3 November 1674.

Headings: A Copy of a letter to my Unkle 14o Oct 74 [#293]; Extract out of a letter to him [Peter Locke] of 17o Oct 74 [#294].

Endorsement: P Locke Extract of my letters to him 74

Printed: De Beer, i. 293, 294, 296.

f. 182:

Letter to “Tom” [Thomas Westrowe?], 20 October 1659.

Letter written but not sent [?].

Salutation: Deare Tom

Signature: Sir Your cordiall freind | J L | Pensford 20o Oct 1659

Printed: De Beer, i. 81; Wootton (ed.), Political writings (1993), pages 139-141; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 13-14.

ff. 185-186:

Letter to Martha Lockhart, 24 December 1697.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2365]

f. 187:

Letter to “M. J.” [John Maggs?], [late March 1658?].

Headed by the initials T M. J.”

Salutation: Sir

Possibly answered by Maggs ca. 1 April.

Printed: De Beer, i. 41.

f. 188:

Letter to “Cosin Martine”, 11 August 1655.

Perhaps a draft. “Cosin Martine” is perhaps related to “my cousin Gabriel Martin”, from whom Locke received money around 1650.

Salutation: Madame

Signature: Madame | Your most affectionate freind and faithfull servant | John Locke

Subscription: Oxford 11o Aug. 1655.

Endorsement: To my Cosin Martine

Printed: De Beer, i. 21.

ff. 189-192:

Letter to Lady Masham (draft), 30 September 1690.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1322]

ff. 193-194:

Letter to Lady Masham, 3 July 1697.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2280]

f. 195:

Letter to [Carey Mordaunt, Countess of Monmouth] (draft), 12 June 1691.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1397; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, p. 159]

ff. 196-197:

“Education 97 To the Countess of Peterborow” (1697)

[printed De Beer vi. 2320]

f. 198:

Letter to Charles Mordaunt, 2nd Viscount Mordaunt, later earl of Monmouth and, later, earl of Peterborough, 21 February 1689.

[printed in King, Life (1829), pp. 173-175; De Beer, iii. 1116; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 134-136]

ff. 200-202:

Letter from [John Freke? and Edward Clarke?] to [Locke?], 26 January 1697.

[De Beer, v. 2183 (not printed)]

f. 203:

Letter to Isaac Newton (draft), 5 October 1693.

[printed in Dugald Stewart, “Dissertation …” (1815); King, Life (1829), pp. 224-225; Newton, Correspondence (1959- ), iii. 283-284; De Beer, iv. 1663; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 188-189]

f. 204:

Letter to John Norris (draft), 6 June 1692.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1505]

f. 205:

Letters to Norris (drafts), 5 December 1692 and 23 January 1693.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1575, 1595]

f. 206:

Letter to “P E.” [Elinor Parry?], 4 January 1660[/61].

Draft headed “P E.”

Superscription: 4o Jan 60

Printed: De Beer, i. 112.

f. 207:

Letter to “P E” [Elinor Parry?], 13 April [1661?].

Draft headed “P E”.

Superscription: Apr. 13

Signature: Md

Printed: De Beer, i. 119.

f. 208:

Letter to “P E.” [Elinor Parry?], [ca. 16 February 1659?].

Headed “To P E.”; marked on f. 208v “Electio.”

The date and the identity of the indented recipient are conjectures by De Beer.

Printed: De Beer, i. 48.

f. 209:

Letter to “P E.” [Elinor Parry?], [early December 1659?].

Draft headed “P E.”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 87.

f. 210:

Letter to “P E.” [Elinor Parry?] (draft), [early September 1659?].

Draft headed “P E”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 72; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 11-12.

f. 211:

Letter to “P E.” [Elinor Parry?] (draft), [late August 1659?].

Draft headed “P E.”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 70]

ff. 212-213:

Letter to “P E:” [Elinor Parry?] (draft), [late September 1659?].

Salutation: Sir

Draft headed “P E:”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 79]

f. 214:

Letter to “P E” [Elinor Parry?] (draft), [ca. 25 April 1661?].

Draft headed “P E”; answered on [30 April].

Printed: De Beer, i. 120.

ff. 215-216:

Letter to “P E” [Elinor Parry?] (draft), [early May 1661?].

Draft headed “P E”.

Salutation: Madam [altered to “Mr <illegible>”]

Signature: Unchangeably

Answers letter of 30 April [?].

Printed: De Beer, i. 122.

f. 217:

Letter to “P E” [Elinor Parry?] (draft), [August 1659?].

Draft headed “P E”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 69]

f. 218:

Letter to “P E.” [Elinor Parry?] (draft), [mid-October 1659?].

Draft headed “P E.”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 80]

f. 219:

Letter to “P E” [Elinor Parry?] (draft), [mid-September 1659?].

Salutation: Sir

Draft headed “P E”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 74.

f. 220:

Letter to “P E:”; [Elinor Parry?], [mid-December 1659?].

Draft headed “P E:”.

Salutation: Dearest Cosin

Printed: De Beer, i. 89.

ff. 221-222:

Draft of a letter to [John Parry?], [ca. 15 Decenber 1666].

Draft answer to Parry’s letter of 2 December; this is the basis for the date and addressee of this letter.

Printed: De Beer, i. 219; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 35-36; passage printed, along with passages from another letter, as a single letter in King, Life (1829), pages 27-28.

f. 222v:

Letter to an unknown correspondent, [late December 1666?].

Salutation: Sir

Written on a blank verso of Locke’s letter to [John Parry?]; this is the basis for the suggested date.

Printed: De Beer, i. 221.

f. 223:

Letter to “P A” [Col. Alexander Popham], [ca. April 1660??].

Draft headed “P A”.

Salutation: Sir

Printed: De Beer, i. 96; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, page 21.

ff. 224-225:

Letter to William Prettyman, 11 December 1672.

Superscription: Exeter house, 11o Dec 1672

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | your very humble servant, | John Locke.

Address: For his very worthy friend Mr Prettyman at the first fruits office in Hatton Garden.

Upon Shaftesbury’s appointment as Lord Chancellor, Locke was appointed secretary of presentations, overseeing the Chancellor’s bestowal of ecclesiastical benefices in the King’s gift.

Printed: De Beer, i. 266.

f. 226:

Letter to Sir John Somers, later Baron Somers, 7 January 1696/7.

[printed De Beer, v. 2172]

f. 227:

Letter to Somers, 1 February 1696/7.

[printed De Beer, v. 2186]

ff. 228-229:

Letter to Somers (draft), 28 January 1697/8.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2384; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, p. 259-261]

f. 230:

Letter to John Strachey, [ca. 26 December 1665/5 January 1666?].

Salutation: Sir

Address: For Mr Strachy

Letter written for dispatch but may not have been sent. Locke wrote (apparently later) the heading “Cleve 65.” Incomplete draft or copy in the Cleves letterbook, pages 18-20, 22, 24-26, 28-31.

Printed: De Beer, i. 180; King, Life (1829), pages 13-18

f. 231:

Letter to [John Strachey?], [ca. 2/12 January 1666?].

The identity of the writer is uncertain; De Beer suggests that the letter was written about a week after Locke’s letter of 26 December 1665/5 January 1666; the letter was written for dispach but perhaps never sent. Draft or copy in Locke’s Cleves letterbook (MS. Locke c. 24, ff. ff. 256-258).

Printed: De Beer, i. 182; King, Life (1829), pages 18-20; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 30-32.

f. 232:

Letter to John Strachey, 14/24 December 1665.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: your faithfull freind | J L | Writ within an hower of Christmas day [i.e., on December 24 n.s.].

Address: For John Strachy Esq. at Sutton Court To be left <at> Mr John Blanches neere the high crosse in High street Bristoll

Letter written for dispatch but may not have been sent. Incomplete draft or copy (with an additional opening paragraph) in the Cleves letterbook, f. 246v and pages 13-18.

Printed: De Beer, i. 177; King, Life (1829), pages 21-25; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 28-30.

ff. 233-234:

Letter to John Strachey, 2/12 February 1666.

Superscription: Cleve. 12o Feb. 66 S.N

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | your most faithfull and most obedient servant | John Locke

Address: These for John Strachy Esq at Sutton Court To be left at Mr John Blanch’s neare the high crosse in High street Bristoll

The letter was held up in London; Locke forwarded it with his letter of 22 February.

Printed: De Beer, i. 184.

ff. 235-236:

Letter to John Strachey, 22 February 1666.

Superscription: London 22o Feb. 65/66

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | your most faithfull and most obedient servant | John Locke

Address: These present To John Strachy Esq at Sutton Court To be left at Mr John Blanch’s shop neare the high crosse in High street Bristoll

Postmark: FE 24

Enclosed his letter dated 2/12 February, sent from Germany but not forwarded from London.

Printed: De Beer, i. 186; passages printed in King, Life (1829), page 25.

ff. 237-238:

Letter to John Strachey, 28 February 1666.

Superscription: Oxford 28o Feb. 65

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | your most affectionate freind | J Locke

Address: These present To John Strachy Esq at Sutton Court To be left at Mr John Blanch’s shop neare the High crosse in High street Bristoll

Printed: De Beer, i. 187; King, Life (1829), pages 25-26.

ff. 239-240:

Letter to John Strachey, 6 March 1666.

Superscription: Ch. Ch. 6o Mar 65/66.

Salutation: Deare Sir

Signature: I am very truly | your affectionate freind and servant | John Locke

Address: These for Mr John Strachy at Sutton Court To be left at Mr John Blanch’s shop neare the High crosse in High street Bristoll

Answers Strachey’s letter of 16 February (missing).

Printed: De Beer, i. 188.

f. 241:

Letter to [John Strachey?], 13 March 1666 (draft?).

Superscription: Mar. 13 65/66.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: your most humble servant | J L

The identity of the recipient based on “the general style” [De Beer].

Printed: De Beer, i. 189.

ff. 242-243:

Letter to John Strachey, 20 March 1666.

Superscription: Ch: Ch: 20 Mar 65/66.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | Your most faithfull freind and servant | John Locke

Address: These for Mr John Strachy at Sutton Court

Endorsement: J L to Mr Strachy 65

Year from Locke’s endorsement and the contents of the letter.

Printed: De Beer, i. 191.

ff. 244-245:

Letter to John Strachey, 15 June [1667].

Superscription: Jun. 15.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | your faithfull freind and servant | JL

Address: For Mr John Strachy at Sutton Court

Endorsement: JL 15. Jun. 67

Year from Locke’s endorsement and the contents of the letter.

Printed: De Beer, i. 226; King, Life (1829), pages 26-27; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, page 39.

Cleves letterbook: Copies by Locke of his private correspondence during the diplomatic mission to Cleves, December 1665-February 1666 (ff. 246-258)
Several gatherings, each of sixteen pages; gatherings B-E survive, although the first page of sig.B is cut away and gathering E consists of a single leaf. The pages are numbered 11-34.

ff. 247-248:

Letter to William Godolphin, 12-22 December 1665.

Draft or copy in the Cleves letterbook, pages 11-13; the first paragraph in shorthand.

[printed De Beer, i. 176; part printed in King, Life (1829), pages 12-13]

ff. 246v,
248-250:

Letter to John Strachey, 14/24 December 1665.

Incomplete draft or copy in the Cleves letterbook, f. 246v (unnumbered) and pages 13-18; original at f. 232 above].

ff. 250v-251v,
252v,
253v-254v
255v-257r:

Letter to John Strachey, [ca. 26 December 1665/5 January 1666?]

Draft or copy in the Cleves letterbook, pages 18-20, 22,
24-26, 28-31; original at f. 230 above].


f. 251v-252v:

Letter to William Godolphin, 19/29 December 1665.

Draft or copy in the Cleves letterbook, pages 20-22; later version in MS. Locke c. 39, ff. 11-12.

f. 252v-253v:

Letter to William Godolphin, 26 December 1665/5 January 1666.

Draft of copy in the Cleves letterbook, pages 22-24); headed “G   5o Jan. S.N.”

[printed De Beer, i. 179]

f. 254v-255v:

Letter to William Godolphin, 30 December 1665/9 January 1666.

Draft or copy in the Cleves letterbook, pages 26-28; original in MS. Locke c. 39, ff. 13-14]

ff. 257-258:

Letter to [John Strachey?], [ca. 2/12 January 1666?].

Draft or copy in the Cleves letterbook, pages 31-34; original at f. 231 above.


ff. 259-260:

Letter to Mrs.Jane Stringer (draft), 25 July 1689.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1165]

ff. 262-263:

Letter to Thomas Stringer (draft), [c. 6/16 May 1688].

[printed De Beer, iii. 1046]

f. 264:

Letter to Stringer (copy), 15 October 1692.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1542]

f. 265:

Letter to Stringer (draft or copy), 28 October 1692.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1551]

f. 266:

Letter to “S T” [Thomas Symes?], [August 1659?].

Salutation: Sir

Draft headed “S T”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 67.

f. 267:

Letter to “W J” [Isaiah Ward?], [August 1659?].

Draft headed “W J”.

Printed: De Beer, i. 68.

f. 268:

Letter to Thomas Tenison, archbishop of Canterbury (draft), 27 February 1696; letter sent in Lambeth Palace Library, MS. 930, no. 23.

[printed (from the letter sent) De Beer, v. 2021]

f. 269:

Letter to Tenison (draft), 9 March 1696.

[printed De Beer, v. 2031]

ff. 270-271:

Letter to Tenison (draft), 15 January 1697/8.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2378]

ff. 272-273:

Letter to Louis Thiery, [autumn 1653?].

Letter in Greek to an unidentified correspondent.

Signature: Ιὠάννης ὁ Λῶκ

Address: Amico suo πολυγλώττῳ καἱ Monsieurissimo Ludovico Thiery | Gallo = Anglo = Anglo = Gallo | in | Eutopia.

Printed: De Beer, i. 11.

f. 274:

Letter to Mrs. Honor Thomas (draft), 22 September 1694.

[printed De Beer, v. 1790]

f. 275:

Letter to William Thomas (draft), 16 [i.e. 17] April 1694.

[printed De Beer, v. 1733]

f. 276:

Letter to [Samuel Tilly?], [early September 1655?].

Draft written on a letter cover; the verso bears the address: For Mr Samuell Tilly, at his chamber in Hart Hall, Oxford. Locke is apparently writing from Pensford to Tilly at Oxford; Tilly answered his letter on 11 September 1655.

Endorsement: To S T | To S. T

Printed: De Beer, i. 22.

ff. 277-278:

Letter to James Tyrrell (copy), 4 August 1690.

[printed in King, Life (1829), pp. 197-200; De Beer, iv. 1309; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 150-152]

f. 279:

Letter to Tyrrell (draft or copy), 22 Ocotber 1694.

[printed De Beer, v. 1803]

f. 280:

Letter to “U. W.” [William Uvedale?] (draft), [late March 1659?].

Headed “U. W.”; answers Uvedale’s letter of mid-March[?].

Printed: De Beer, i. 52.

ff. 281-282:

Letter to William Uvedale, 29 April 1663.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | Your most humble and most faithfull servant | J Locke | Ch: Ch: 29o Apr 63.

Address: These present To Mr William Uvedall | To be left at Mrs Pledwells in New-market [Clare Market] street near the new Theater [Theatre Royal, Vere Street] London
[in another hand] At the Gorge upon Fleet bridg

Apparently the letter sent and returned.

Printed: De Beer, i. 158.

ff. 283-284:

Letter to Dr. Daniel Whitby (draft), 17 January 1698/9.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2536]

f. 285:

Letter to Dr. Whitby (copy), 17 September 1702.

[printed De Beer, vii. 3188]

f. 286:

Letter from Edward Clarke and Locke to Sir Thomas Willis (draft, written by Locke), 2 September 1698.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2484]

f. 287:

Letter to John Wynne (draft), 8 February 1695.

[printed in King, Life (1829), pp. 191-192; De Beer, v. 1846; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 205-206]

ff. 288-293:

Six leaves torn from one or more notebooks, on which Locke wrote drafts of letters. The letters are identified by initials at the top of each draft, although not in any straight-forward way. The letters appear to date from the mid-1650s, but there is little evidence for either specific dates or the order in which they were written.

f. 288r:

Letter to “T A E”, [1653?] (beginning).

Draft letter, headed “T A E”; possibly related to the following letter. Continues on f. 289r.

Printed: De Beer, i. 10.

f. 288v:

Letter to “G. O. W” [William Godolphin, 1634-1696?], [early 1653?] (beginning).

Draft letter, headed “G. O. W”; possibly written during Locke’s early days at Christ Church. Continues on f. 290r.

Printed: De Beer, i. 9.

f. 289r:

Letter to “T A E”, [1653?] (continuation).

The draft letter begins on f. 288r.

Printed: De Beer, i. 10.

f. 289v:

Letter to “P. A” [Alexander Popham??], [late 1652?].

Draft letter, headed “P. A”; possibly written during Locke’s early days at Christ Church.

Printed: De Beer, i. 8.

f. 290r, 290v:

Letter to “G. O. W” [William Godophin, 1634-1696?], [early 1653?] (continuation).

The draft letter begins on f. 288v.

Printed: De Beer, i. 9.

f. 291r:

Letter to “B E”, [1654 or 1655?] (beginning).

Draft of a letter to an unknown lady; headed “B E”. Continued on f. 292r.

Printed: De Beer, i. 14.

f. 291v:

Letter to “G. R,” [Thomas Grenfeild?], [July 1655?].

Draft for a letter, headed “G. R,”; Grenfeild responded on 2 August.

Printed: De Beer, i. 18.

f. 292r:

Letter to “B E”, [1654 or 1655?] (continuation).

The draft letter begins on f. 291r.

Printed: De Beer, i. 14.

f. 292v:

Letter to “A M.”, [early 1654?].

Draft letter, headed “A M.”; written from Oxford.

Printed: De Beer, i. 13.

f. 293r:

Letter to “N”, [January-February 1654?].

A draft letter, headed “N”; written from Oxford to someone in Pensford.

Printed: De Beer, i. 12.

f. 293v:

Letter to “T. G. V.” [Thomas Grenfeild?], [mid-August 1655?].

A draft letter, headed “T. G. V.”; probably in answer to Grenfeild’s letter of 2 August.

Printed: De Beer, i. 20.