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brary“, with the Libraries of Corpus Christid and Emmanuel e Colleges, Cambridge, the Bodleian Libraryf with that of Balliol College 8, Oxford, and the Several Collections of MSS. at Zurich h. And the best thanks of the editor are due both to those who preside over these establishments, and to the officers entrusted with their management, for the readiness which has been uniformly shown to assist his researches.

The authorities for each document are noted in the margin; that which has been followed in printing, being placed first. It will be seen that this in general is the original manuscript, if still extant. The Letters however, taken from The State Papers, London, 1831, are exceptions, the extreme care with which that most valuable publication has been conducted, rendering the labour of collation wholly unnecessary.

Some manuscript notes of the Disputation at Oxford in April 1554, preserved in this Library, have been of service in confirming and illustrating the account of Foxe.

d Much from this valuable Library was printed by Strype. It has now afforded the means of correcting his copies, and has also supplied in addition a Sermon on Rebellion, with Letters cclxx. cclxxv. CCLXXVII.

e The authority of a manuscript in this Library has been followed in printing The Declaration against the Mass, and Letters ccxcvi, ccxcvii.

f The Bodleian Library has furnished Letter cclxxxvi, and Henry VIIl's Corrections of The Institution of a Christian Man.

& This Library possesses a copy of Strype's Life of Cranmer, with MS. notes by the author, containing a transcript of Letter ccLxxxI, the original of which, it is feared, is now lost.

h These Collections have supplied several unpublished Letters relating to Cranmer's plan for assembling a congress of Reformers to frame a joint Confession of Faith. The Library at Geneva, it was supposed, contained some more, but it appears on inquiry that nothing exists there which was not already in print. Some references in Seckendorf, (Comment. de Lutherun. lib. iii. §. lxvi. Add. 1. and §. LxxvIII. 20.) afforded good grounds for hoping, that farther additions to the Archbishop's correspondence might be obtained from the Saxon Archives at Weimar. But here also the search that has been made, has proved fruitless.

Some papers attributed to Cranmer on insufficient grounds, several of his official instruments, and a selection from the public documents in the preparation of which he is supposed to have had a share, have been placed in the Appendix, together with some other articles, enumerated in the Table of Contents.

The orthography has been modernised throughout. Besides such general reasons as have induced the editors of most of our standard works to adopt this practice, there are some others peculiar to the present Collection, arising out of the variety of sources from which its contents are drawn. Some articles are taken from manuscripts by Cranmer himself; many more from papers in the handwriting of a secretary; some again are from books printed during the author's lifetime ; others from publications that did not appear till more than a century after his death. It is obvious, that exact copies of these different authorities, though they might impart an antiquated aspect to the page, would convey any thing but a fair representation of the orthography, (if such a term i can be used with propriety,) either of Cranmer or of his times. They would form a motley mixture, made up from the different fancies of Cranmer himself, of his numerous secretaries, of his still more numerous printers, and of the several biographers and historians to whom we are indebted for the preservation of many of his writings k. The reasons therefore for introducing the modern mode of spelling are more than usually strong. But it is in the spelling only that change has been made. Old words, old forms of words, and old constructions have been carefully

This well be doubted, for when the word “ property,” for in. stance, is spelt in ten different ways within a few pages, it must surely be a question, whether any way can be pronounced to be the right one.

k Foxe seems to bave spelt according to his taste. Strype, particularly the former, even when they appear to retain the orthography of the original manuscript, sometimes deviate from it almost as widely as from that of their own day.

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retained'. So that in every other point, excepting orthography, the grammatical antiquary, it is hoped, will find the present Collection not less useful in illustrating the progress of the English language, than the original manuscripts and the earlier impressions.


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Proper names also, since their orthography is not always decidedly fixed, have been allowed to stand without alteration in the text. In the notes and preface they have been spelt in what seems to have been the niost frequent method; and on this point the judgment of the editor of the State Papers, wherever it has been given, has been implicitly folJowed.

List of Cranmer's Writings from Bale, Scriptorum Illustrium majoris Britannia Catalogus,

Basil, 1559."

INTER occupationes varias in Anglico sermone composuit Cranmerus:

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Catechismum Doctrinæ Christianæ. a Lib. I. - Excel“ lentissimo principi Edwardo.” b

Ordinationes Ecclesiæ Reformatæ. Lib. I. “Nusquam excogitatum aliquid erat.” C

De Ministris Ordinandis. Lib. I. “ Clarum est omnibus " hominibus.” d

De Eucharistia cum Luthero. Lib. I.

Defensionem Catholicæ Doctrinæ. Lib. V. 66 Pro cura “ Dominici gregis mihi.” e

Ad Veritatis Professores. Lib. I. “ Dominus et Servator 66 noster.” f

Jura Ecclesiastica tempore Edwardi. Lib. I.“Quoniam “ regni potestas et legum.”

Contra Gardineri Concionem. Lib. I.

Doctrinam Cænæ Dominicæ. Lib. I. 6 Servator Noster “ Christus Jesus." h


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* [The Italics distinguish the works which are not contained in the present Collection.] b (See Preface, p. liv; and Vol. i. Letter cclxxi.] [See Preface, p. liii; and Appendix, No. xxxvi.] [Ibid.] [Vol. ii. p. 283.] * {These are the first words of Cranmer's Answer to the three Articles on the Lord's Supper proposed to him at Oxford in 1554. See Vol. iv. p. 14.]

& [See Preface, p.cviii.) "[The same work with the Defensio Catholica Doctrinæ mentioned

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