Bodleian Library, Oxford University

MS. Locke c. 8

A guardbook in which are mounted letters to Locke from Locke’s friends Richard and Isabella Duke, Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, John Freke, and others.

244 leaves.

Individual items in the volume include:

Duke, Mrs. Isabella   [30 letters, 1686-1693]

f. 1:

Letter from Mrs. Duke and Sir Walter Yonge, [9/19 July 1686].

[printed De Beer, iii. 854; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, p. 111-112]

f. 2:

Letter from Mrs. Duke and Richard Duke, 19/29 July 1686.

[printed De Beer, iii. 855]

f. 3:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 14/24 August 1686.

[printed De Beer, iii. 860]

ff. 4-5:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 29 September 1686.

[printed De Beer, iii. 867]

f. 6:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 21 October 1686.

[printed De Beer, iii. 873]

f. 7:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 10 December 1686.

[printed De Beer, iii. 883]

f. 8:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 19 January 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 898]

ff. 9-10:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 29 January 1687, with a postscript by Richard Duke.

[printed De Beer, iii. 903]

ff. 11-12:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 14 March 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 918]

ff. 13-14:

Letter from Mrs. Duke and Sir Walter Yonge, 7 May 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 933]

ff. 15-16:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 23 June 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 940]

ff. 17-18:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 10 August 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 953]

ff. 19-20:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 3 October 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 968]

ff. 21-22:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 17 December 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 987]

ff. 23-24:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 21 January 1688.

[printed De Beer, iii. 997]

ff. 25-26:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 23 February 1688.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1018]

f. 27:

Letter from Mrs. Duke and Sir Walter Yonge, 12 and 16 May 1688.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1052]

ff. 30-31:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 20 October 1688.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1085]

ff. 32-33:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 9 March 1689.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1118]

ff. 34-35:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 5 April 1689.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1125]

ff. 36-37:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 8 June 1689.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1149]

ff. 38-39:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 3 July 1689.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1157]

f. 40:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 31 July 1689.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1168]

ff. 41-42:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 1 January 1690.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1230]

ff. 43-44:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 12 March 1690.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1263]

ff. 45-46:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 28 August 1690.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1311]

ff. 47-48:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 21 November 1690.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1341]

ff. 49-50:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 1 May 1691.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1387]

ff. 51-52:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 18 [i.e. 19?] June 1691.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1399]

ff. 53-54:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 17 August 1691.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1413]

ff. 55-56:

Letter from Mrs. Duke, 10 February [1693].

[printed De Beer, iv. 1602]

Duke, Richard   [2 letters, 1686]

f. 57:

Letter from Duke, [10/20 August 1686].

[printed De Beer, iii. 859]

ff. 58-59:

Letter from Duke, 24 August/3 September 1686.

[printed De Beer, iii. 861]

Dummer, Captain Thomas   [1 letters, 1701]

f. 118:

Letter from Capt. Dummer, 21 November 1701; enclosing a letter from John Bonville to Locke, 22 November 1701 (MS. Locke c. 8, f. 118).

[printed De Beer, vii. 3044]

Parry, Elinor, later Mrs. Hawkshaw, d. 1690.   [6 letters, 1666-1669]

f. 62:

Letter from [Elinor Parry?], 13 February 1666.

Superscription: The Oxford Gazett: feb: the 13

Signature: Ilia: | Ap: the 10th

The identity of the writer based on the handwriting.

Printed: De Beer, i. 185.

f. 63:

Letter from [Elinor Parry?], 10 April 1666.

Signature: Ilia: | Ap: the 10th

Addres: For mr John Locke at Pensford Leave it as mr Thomas Day’s in st Thomas street: Bristoll if not Call’d for in a weekes time lett it be sent back to Ox ford to mr Lichfild in Catt Street.

The writer is either Scribelia [Elinor Parry] or a close associate of hers; the year is based on the contents of the letter.

Printed: De Beer, i. 193.

f. 64:

Letter from [Elinor Parry?], [19 February 1667?].

Salutation: Deare Sir

Addres: [torn] … Oxford pd to London

Postmark: MR 23

Endorsements: Sc: 66; S 66

Part of leaf torn away. Suggested date from mention of Shrove Tuesday. Answers Locke’s letter of ca. 15 December 1666.

Printed: De Beer, i. 222.

f. 65:

Letter from [Elinor Parry?], [spring 1667?].

Salutation: my deare A[tticus]:

Signature: yours S[cribelia]:

Endorsement: Scribelia 67

Defective; strip torn off side. Date based on Locke’s endorsement and the contents of the letter.

Printed: De Beer, i. 225.

f. 66:

Letter from [Elinor Parry?], 11 April [1669].

Superscription: Ap: the 11th

Salutation: my dear A[tticus]

Signature: yours S[cribelia]:

Address: These For mr Locke at little Exitor Howse on the Strand London

Postmark: AP 26

Endorsement: Scr 11o Apr. 69.

Year from Locke’s endorsement.

Printed: De Beer, i. 232]

f. 67:

Letter from [Elinor Parry?], 25 November [1666?].

Superscription: Ap: the 11th

Salutation: Deare Sir

Signature: Sir | Your most obliged servant Tho: Willson | … | No the 25

Address: for mr John Locke att Christ Church in his absenc to be leaft with mr Thomas at new College Oxon paid to Lo.

Postmark: DE 5

The letter is rendered obscure by attempts to conceal the identity and whereabouts of the sender. The identity of the writer is based on the handwriting and seal; year based on the contents of the letter.

Printed: De Beer, i. 214.

Elphinstone, Isabella, Lady Elphinstone, c. 1654-1706.   [1 letter, 1691]

ff. 68-69:

Letter from Lady Elphinstone, 14 April 1691.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1383]

Elys, Edmund   [1 letter, 1698]

ff. 70-71:

Letter from Elys, 16 December 1698.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2523]

Evance, Stephen, later Sir Stephen   [3 letters, 1689, 1697]

f. 72:

Letter from Evance, 1 October 1689.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1189]

ff. 73-74:

Letter from Evance, [late? October 1697].

[printed De Beer, vi. 2341]

ff. 75-76:

Letter from Evance, 22 October 1697.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2335]

Evelegh, Anne.   [3 letters, 1659]

ff. 77-78:

Letter from Anne Evelegh, 30 August 1659.

Salutation: Worthy Sir

Signature: I Remaine your Cordiall frind | Anne Evelegh | Blackhall the 30th of August 1659

Address: For my Esteemed frind mr: John Locke these.

Printed: De Beer i. 71.

ff. 79-80:

Letter from Anne Evelegh, 8 November 1659.

Salutation: Most accomplished Sir

Signature: Your faithfull frind | Anne Evelegh | Blackhall the 8 of november 1659:

Address: For mr John Locke Junior at Pensford in Sommersetshire | Leave at Mr Thomas Day’s house in St Thomas street in Brostow.

Probably answered by Locke’s draft of ca. 19 November.

Printed: De Beer i. 83; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pages 16-17.

ff. 81-82:

Letter from Anne Evelegh, 22 November 1659.

Salutation: most excellent mr Lock

Signature: Your faithfull and cordiall frind: Anne Evelegh | blackhall the 22 of november 1659

Address: For my worthy frind mr John Locke junior. | Leave this at mr thomas Dayes in st: thomas street: at bristoll to be sent to Pensford in Somersetsheire these

Printed: De Beer i. 86.

Eyre, Lady (Martha)   [3 letters, 1699, 1702]

ff. 83-84:

Letter from Lady Eyre, 21 February [1699].

[printed De Beer, vi. 2552]

ff. 85-86:

Letter from Lady Eyre, 16 March [1699].

[printed De Beer, vi. 2564]

f. 87:

Letter from Lady Eyre, 31 January [1702].

[printed De Beer, vii. 3081; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, p. 302]

Eyre, Robert, 1666-1735.   [2 letters, 1703]

ff. 88-89:

Letter from Eyre, 21 December 1703.

[printed De Beer, viii. 3410]

ff. 90-91:

Letter from Eyre, 23 December 1703.

[printed De Beer, viii. 3411]

Eyre, Samuel (later Sir Samuel), 1633-1698   [1 letter, 1676]

f. 92:

Letter from Eyre, 11 July 1676.

Superscription: Newhouse July 11th 1676.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | Your faithfull freind and servant | Sam: Eyre

Endorsement: Samuel Eyre July 1676

Locke adds a note: Rings and Twist for a Hat

Printed: De Beer, i. 316]

Fatio de Duillier, Nicolas, 1664-1753.   [4 letters, 1692-1695]

ff. 93-94:

Letter from Fatio, 27 January 1692.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1459]

ff. 95-96:

Letter from Fatio, 23 February 1692.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1468]

ff. 97-98:

Letter from Fatio, 25 January 1694.

[printed De Beer, iv. 1697]

ff. 99-100:

Letter from Fatio, 27 April 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1888]

Fell, John, Dean of Christ Church, later Bishop of Oxford, 1625-1686   [4 letters, 1675-1682]

ff. 101-102:

Letter from Fell, 14 August [1682?].

[printed De Beer, ii. 727]

ff. 103-104:

Letter from Fell, 8 November 1675.

Salutation: Sir

Signature: Sir | your Assured friend and servant | J. Fell. | Nov. 8.

Address: To His esteemed Friend Mr: John Lock these D.

Endorsement: Fell 8o Nov. 75

Fell says farewell to Locke, who left London en route to France on 12 November.

Printed: King, Life (1829), p. 153; De Beer, i. 303.

ff. 105-106:

Letter from Fell, 1 June 1680.

[printed in King, Life (1829), p. 152-153; De Beer, ii. 544]

ff. 107-108:

Letter from Fell, 23 June [1681?].

[printed De Beer, ii. 643]

Firmin, Thomas, 1632-1697.   [4 letters, 1694-1697]

f. 109:

Letter from Firmin, 25 July 1694.

[printed De Beer, v. 1759]

f. 110:

Letter from Firmin, 18 July 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1926]

f. 111:

Letter from Firmin, 5 October 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1954]

ff. 112-113:

Letter from Firmin, 15 October 1697.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2329]

Fletcher, Andrew, of Saltoun   [5 letters, 1694-1701]

ff. 119-120:

Notes on the health of members of the Fletcher family, summer 1695.

[De Beer, v. 1851 (not printed)]

f. 122:

Notes by Henry Fletcher about his health; perhaps enclosed with ff. 135-136.

[De Beer, vi. 2381 (not printed)]

ff. 125-126:

Letter from Henry Fletcher, 10 April 1701.

[printed De Beer, vii. 2901]

ff. 129-130:

Letter from Fletcher, [early?] July [1694].

[printed De Beer, v. 1756]

ff. 131-132:

Letter from Fletcher, 22 February 1695(?).

[printed De Beer, v. 1851]

ff. 133-134:

Notes by Henry Fletcher about his wife’s health; perhaps enclosed with ff. 131-132.

[De Beer, v. 1851 (not printed)]

ff. 135-136:

Letter from Fletcher, 25 January 1698.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2381]

ff. 137-138:

Letter from Fletcher, 3 February 1698.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2389]

ff. 139-140:

Letter from Fletcher, 14 October 1701.

[printed De Beer, vii. 3018; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, p. 299]

Flower, Henry.   [1 letter, 1665]

ff. 141-142:

Letter from Flower, 3 August 1665.

Salutation: Worthy Sir

Signature: Your most affectionate friend and servant | Henry Flower | Stockwood: 3o Augusti 65

Address: These To his very worthy friend Mr: John Locke at his Chamber in C:h: C:h: present Oxforde Port: paid 6d:

Printed: De Beer, i. 174]

Fowler, Edward, bishop of Gloucester   [6 letters, 1697, 1700, 1704]

ff. 143-144:

Letter from Fowler, 11 August 1697.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2294]

ff. 145-146:

Letter from Fowler, 7 November 1700.

[printed De Beer, vii. 2814]

ff. 147-148:

Letter from Fowler, 30 March 1704.

[printed De Beer, viii. 3501]

ff. 149-150:

Letter from Fowler, 26 September 1704.

[printed De Beer, viii. 3633]

ff. 151-152:

Letter from Fowler, 28 September [1704].

[printed De Beer, viii. 3635]

ff. 153-154:

Letter from Fowler, 12 October 1704.

[printed De Beer, viii. 3642]

Freke, John, c. 1652-1714.   [46 letters, 1686-1700, 1704]

ff. 155-156:

Letter from Freke, 3/13 November [1686].

[printed De Beer, iii. 874]

ff. 157-158:

Letter from Freke, 24 December 1686.

[printed De Beer, iii. 887]

ff. 159-160:

Letter from Freke, 20 January 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 899]

ff. 161-162:

Letter from Freke, 8 February 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 909]

ff. 163-164:

Letter from Freke, 1 March 1687, with a postscript by Sir Walter Yonge.

[printed De Beer, iii. 915]

ff. 165-166:

Letter from Freke, 21 March 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 920]

ff. 167-168:

Letter from Freke, 19 May 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 934]

ff. 169-170:

Letter from Freke, 3 June 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 937]

ff. 171-172:

Letter from Freke, 28 June 1687.

[printed De Beer, iii. 941]

ff. 173-174:

Letter from Freke, 29 December [1687], with a postscript by Sir Walter Yonge.

[printed De Beer, iii. 990]

ff. 175-176:

Letter from Freke, 19 March 1688.

[printed De Beer, iii. 1032]

ff. 177-178:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke [the College], 29 November 1694.

[printed De Beer, v. 1821]

f. 179:

Letter from Freke, 3 January 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1833]

f. 180:

Letter from Freke, 17 January [1695].

[printed De Beer, v. 1839]

ff. 181-182:

Letter from Freke, 4 February 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1844]

ff. 183-184:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 14 February [1695].

[printed De Beer, v. 1847]

ff. 185-186:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 28 February [1695].

[printed De Beer, v. 1853]

ff. 187-188:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 7 March [1695].

[printed De Beer, v. 1856]

ff. 189-190:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 14 March [1695]; with an enclosure, MS. Locke b. 4, f. 77.

[printed De Beer, v. 1860; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 207-208]

ff. 191-192:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 21 March 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1862]

f. 193:

Letter from Freke, 29 March [1695].

[printed De Beer, v. 1868]

f. 194:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 9 April 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1874]

ff. 195-196:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 9 May 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1899]

ff. 197-198:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 16 May 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1902]

ff. 199-200:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 8 October 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1956]

ff. 201-202:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 30 November 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1971]

ff. 203-204:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], 5 December 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1974; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, p. 215]

ff. 205-206:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 10 December 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1976]

ff. 207-208:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], 14 December 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1978; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 215-217]

ff. 209-210:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], 17 December 1695.

[printed De Beer, v. 1981; Goldie (ed.), Selected correspondence, pp. 217-218]

ff. 211-212:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], [21 January 1696].

[printed De Beer, v. 2004]

f. 213:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 27 February 1696.

[printed De Beer, v. 2022]

ff. 214-215:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 10 March [1696].

[printed De Beer, v. 2033]

ff. 216-217:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 2 April 1696.

[printed De Beer, v. 2058]

f. 218:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], 28 April [1696].

[printed De Beer, v. 2075]

ff. 219-220:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], 9 May 1696.

[printed De Beer, v. 2083]

f. 221:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], 5 December [1696].

[printed De Beer, v. 2154]

f. 222:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], 24 December 1696.

[printed De Beer, v. 2164]

f. 223:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 14 January 1696/7.

[printed De Beer, v. 2175]

f. 224:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke], 16 January 1696/7.

[printed De Beer, v. 2178]

ff. 225-226:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 21 January 1696/7.

[printed De Beer, v. 2179]

f. 227:

Letter from Freke and Edward Clarke, 6 April 1697.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2239]

ff. 228-229:

Letter from [Freke], 22 December 1698.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2525]

ff. 230-231:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke?], 7 December 1699.

[printed De Beer, vi. 2646]

f. 232:

Letter from Freke [and Edward Clarke?], 9 March 1699/1700.

[printed De Beer, vii. 2686]

Freke, John, the stock-jobber   [3 letters, 1700, 1704]

ff. 233-234:

Letter from Freke, 12 October 1700.

[printed De Beer, vii. 2789]

ff. 235-236:

Letter from Freke, 12 April 1704.

[printed De Beer, viii. 3508]

ff. 237-238:

Letter from Freke, 20 April 1704.


[printed De Beer, viii. 3512]

ff. 239-240:

Letter from John Freke, 24 August 1704.

[printed De Beer, viii. 3620]

Freke, Thomas   [1 letter, 1700]

ff. 241-242:

Letter from Freke, 4 September 1700.

[printed De Beer, vii. 2770]