Henry Smyth, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1626-42 and Vice-Chancellor 1626-7, 1635-6
Includes copies of correspondence with Charles I, Archbishop Laud, George Villiers, duke of Buckingham, the earls of Holland and Suffolk, and the privy council relating to various matters of privilege and jurisdiction. Also including material relating to the 17th-cent. histories of several Cambridge colleges, among them Emmanuel, St John's, Corpus Christi, Gonville and Caius, and Pembroke. With verse commemorations of Gunpowder plot, and lists of chancellors and vice-chancellors, 16th cent.
Belonged to Henry Smyth DD. Were in the possession of Thomas Baker of St John's College (d. 1740) who transcribed part of the contents. The letters from Laud were printed from Baker's transcripts. Belonged to Samuel Knight DD, prebend of Ely and rector of Bluntisham, Hunts. After Knight's death in 1746, the MS. descended to John Percy Baumgartner of Milton, Cambs., who presented it to the Library in 1861.