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Sir Robert Heath papers


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Legal and official papers, accounts and bills, and personal papers

Reginald L. Hine's research notes and correspondence


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Sir Robert Heath papers, 1614-1699 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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ID: 01/01/MSS00019

Primary Creator: Heath, Robert, Sir (1575-1649)

Extent: 9.0 Cubic Feet


The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence (boxes 1-6), arranged alphabetically by correspondent

Series 2: Legal and official papers, accounts and bills, and personal papers (boxes 7-8), arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 3: Reginald L. Hine's research notes and correspondence (boxes 9-10), arranged by subject and correspondent

Series 4: Additional Items

The finding aid provides more detailed information about the contents of each box, where possible. Dates of correspondence are given in the form YYYY/MM/DD. Some of Reginald L. Hine's correspondence is described only at the folder level, and some of Series 2, "Legal and official papers, accounts and bills, and personal papers,"is described only at the box level. The presence of transcriptions or additional notes by Reginald L. Hine or Carleen Stottler is occasionally indicated. These transcriptions and notes are interfiled with the items they concern.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of Sir Robert Heath consists of letters, documents, commonplace book, and a diary relating to London legal life, Parliament, the royal prerogative, prosecution of recusants, Star-Chamber prosecutions, Puritanism, English Civil War, personal and family matters and English agriculture. Correspondents include Arthur Parfey, Richard Lour, Mary Morley, Lucy Heath, John Heath, Edward Heath, James Harrington, Edward Harrington, William Ayshcombe, Ephraim Wright, Henry Croke, Richard Dawson, William Sharpe, Susanna Croke, Katherine Wirdnam, Thomas Allanson, John Dunkin, Colonel Thomas Waite and John Wood.

The papers also contain research notes and correspondence from Reginald L. Hine (1883-1949), who collected the papers and discusses them in his Cream of Curiosity: Being an Account of Certain Historical and Literary Manuscripts of the XVIIth, XVIIIth, & XIXth Centuries (1920).

Biographical Note

Born May 20, 1575. Died at Calais, Aug. 30, 1649. Sir Robert Heath was an English lawyer, Solicitor General (1620-1625), Attorney-General (1625-1631), Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (1631-1632), Chief Justice of King's Bench (1642-1645), member of Parliament, and author of <i>Maxims and Rules of Pleading</i>. Impeached by Parliament of high treason in 1644, fled to France in 1646. Father of Edward (1626), John (1626), George (1633) and Robert (1634).

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

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Original/Copies Note:

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Location: History, Philosophy & Newspaper Call Number: FILM 942.062 H351p

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