John Harwood (1660-1731) was born April 1660, the son of John Harwood of Hagbourne, Berkshire. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, on 28 March 1679, where he studied philosophy. After completing his studies he was persuaded by friends to move to Cambridge, on account of his poor health. He was admitted pensioner at Queens' College, Cambridge, on 6 Jan. 1681, and Fellow-Commoner on 20 January that year, and studied law (LL.B., 1684; LL.D., 1688). He was admitted to Doctors' Commons in 1689, and was made Fellow of the Royal Society in 1717. He died on 1 January 1731.
Autobiographical fragment, covering Harwood's life to October 1689, 95 folios. The writer's identity is not given, but has been established from internal evidence. The writing is on the recto of fos 3-17, with occasional notes or prayers on facing pages and on fo. 92v. The lower half of fo. 16 and the upper half of fo. 16a are torn out. The remainder of the volume is blank.
The volume was previously part of the Phillipps collection, MS 11805. Purchased by the Library in 1935.