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Guide to the William Atkinson Theological Notebook, circa 1715

Abstract

William Atkinson was baptized on March 8, 1679. He appears to have been an amateur theologian or preacher in Great Britain.

The collection consists of a handmade, leather-bound notebook that possibly belonged to William Atkinson. Compact handwriting fills all 96 pages plus the inside front and back covers with extracts taken from the works of contemporary theologians including John Tillotson's sermons, William Nichols's Defence of the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England, and Richard Baxter's Now or Never; along with Atkinson's commentary on the extracts and potentially original theological reflections or sermons by him. The choice of extracts, the inclusion of entries on Quaker theology, and the nature of Atkinson's criticism suggest that he took a non-conformist stance against the Church of England. The notebook is undated, but refers to the year 1715 on page four.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Atkinson, William, b. ca. 1679
Title
William Atkinson Theological Notebook, circa 1715
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 Item
Location
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Collection Overview

The collection consists of a handmade, leather-bound notebook that possibly belonged to William Atkinson. Compact handwriting fills all 96 pages plus the inside front and back covers with extracts taken from the works of contemporary theologians including John Tillotson's sermons, William Nichols's Defence of the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England, and Richard Baxter's Now or Never; along with Atkinson's commentary on the extracts and potentially original theological reflections or sermons by him. The choice of extracts, the inclusion of entries on Quaker theology, and the nature of Atkinson's criticism suggest he took a non-conformist stance agains the Church of England. The notebook is undated, but refers to the year 1715 on page four. Acquired as part of the William B. Hamilton Collection of British Manuscripts.

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Contents of the Collection

Historical Note

William Atkinson was baptized on March 8, 1679. He appears to have been an amateur theologian or preacher whose stance was not in conformity with the Church of England. He most likely lived in Great Britain.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Atkinson Theological Notebook, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The William Atkinson Theological Notebook was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Danielle Moore, November 2010

Encoded by Danielle Moore, November 2010

Accession 2002-0012 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.