Document ReferenceMS 215
TitlePetitions from Nottinghamshire to Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Lord Protector, c.1658
Extent1 file
AbstractThe collection contains two petitions to Oliver Cromwell from the inhabitants of Nottingham, c.1658.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryNothing is known about the people who composed and signed this petition.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in January 1973.
DescriptionThe principal items in the collection are two original petitions to Oliver Cromwell from inhabitants of Nottinghamshire, dating from c. 1658. Both have suffered physical damage and although now repaired lack small elements of text. The first petition requests tougher control on profanity, libertinism and heresies, revision of the laws of the nation, and asks that during Cromwell's lifetime provision for future government is secured. The second petition requests regulation of the ancient laws regarding the Sacrament of the Last Supper and has 15 signatories.

The collection includes a number of items referring to the history of the petitions and research into them. A catalogue issued by Jabez Elliot (1972) provides the entry which prompted their purchase by a local Nottingham bibliophile. Cuttings from 'Notes and Queries' for 19 February 1853 contain a transcription of the second petition. A manuscript transcription of the first petition, mounted on card presumably for display purposes, is also present.
MgtGroupPolitical and diplomatic papers
ArrangementNo archival arrangement has been necessary.
TermGreat Britain - History - Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660
Nottinghamshire - History - 17th century - Sources
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to the University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA647Cromwell; Oliver (1599-1658); Lord Protector1599-1658
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