Early Modern Letters Online has now launched its catalogue of the letters of Richard Baxter, with editorial apparatus currently relating to 8 of Baxter’s letters. Baxter’s presence in EMLO is set to increase substantially as a consequence of The Richard Baxter Correspondence Project (general editors: Johanna Harris and Alison Searle); the project will also produce a comprehensive critical edition of Baxter’s correspondence in nine volumes to be published by Oxford University Press. As the EMLO website states, ‘Through over twelve-hundred-and-sixty extant letters, ranging between 1638 and 1696, we can trace Baxter’s remarkable life and career. We also have a rare documentary insight into nearly six decades of seventeenth-century English life. Baxter’s correspondence traverses some of the most crucial decades of British cultural and constitutional history, recording the reigns of Charles I, the years of the civil wars, the Interregnum and Cromwellian Protectorate, as well as the reigns of Charles II and James II. These were also years in which, as the letters bear witness, trade, global commerce, and travel flourished, alongside key advancements in science and the chartered success of the Royal Society. In addition to his central role in his nation’s struggles over its religio-political identity, Baxter’s letters also show him to be connected to key players in all these other intellectual spheres. Although he is chiefly known, now, for his pastoral ministry and nonconformity, Baxter’s letters offer authentic and often startling insights into a complex and richly diverse life that deserves to be better known.’
The wonderful online exhibition devoted to the Reliquiae Baxterianae is now online from the Google Cultural Institute and provides a wealth of information about the Baxter manuscripts, their state of preservation, their successive editions, as well as the reception of Baxter’s œuvre and much else besides.
The exhibition is beautifully curated, as well as entertaining, and is a mine of information for anybody with an interest in early-modern dissenting culture. We highly recommend it!
Richard Baxter Quatercentenary Symposium
Friday 13 November 2015
Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR
2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Puritan pastor and writer, Richard Baxter (1615-1691). A symposium to commemorate this event and to assess the significance of Baxter’s contribution to seventeenth-century religious, political, literary and scientific culture in Britain, Europe and North America will be held at Dr Williams’s Library on Friday 13 November 2015. Confirmed speakers include Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton), Professor Ann Hughes (Keele) and Professor Howard Hotson (Oxford).
The event will also profile two major editorial projects designed to make Baxter’s key manuscripts accessible to a contemporary scholarly readership:
12:00-12:30 Buffet Lunch
Richard Baxter and Seventeenth-Century Britain, Europe and North America
12:30-13:15 Professor Howard Hotson (Oxford) Title TBC
13:15-14:00 Professor Ann Hughes (Keele) ‘”Doubtless a godly man, though tenacious in his mistakes” (Simeon Ashe on Richard Baxter, 1656): Baxter and English Presbyterians’
14:00-14:45 Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton) ‘Richard Baxter and International Protestantism: by Grammar or by Numbers’
14:45-15:15 Further Discussion
15:15-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:30 The Editing of Richard Baxter
Professor Neil Keeble (Stirling) and Dr Thomas Charlton (DWL) on the Reliquiae Baxterianae (Oxford UP, 5 vols)
Dr Johanna Harris (Exeter) and Dr Alison Searle (Sydney) on the correspondence of Richard Baxter (Oxford UP, 9 vols)
16:00-16:30 Discussion and Questions
16:30 Convene at a nearby venue (TBC)
Conference fee £10 (£5 students/unwaged), payable on the door. Please register by 31 October 2015 by email to: RichardBaxter400@gmail.com
Thanks to the generosity of the Society for Renaissance Studies, the organisers can contribute to the travel and subsistence costs of a small number of unwaged postgraduate or postdoctoral researchers attending the symposium. If you would like to apply for this funding then please contact the organisers prior to the registration deadline. Details available at: http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/research/baxter.html
Workshop on the Reliquiae Baxterianae Project
Wednesday 10 September 2014, Dr Williams’s Library
For more information, visit, http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/events/w2014.html
Following the presentation on the project to edit Richard Baxter’s Reliquiae Baxterianae given at the 2008 workshop on Baxter organised by Dr Alison Searle and the 2011 lecture on ‘Richard Baxter, John Owen and the Reliquiae Baxterianae’ delivered by Dr Tim Cooper to mark the public launch of this AHRC-funded project, at this workshop the editors will outline the shape of the edition’s current draft and their developing understanding of the process of the text’s composition and its publication in 1696. A draft of the full edition has now been completed. They will seek the advice and suggestions of participants on unresolved and outstanding questions, and will invite comments and queries on editorial and other issues that have arisen in the course of the work.
Attendance at the workshop is free of charge, but advance registration is essential for catering purposes. If you wish to attend, please email Professor Neil Keeble, firstname.lastname@example.org (noting any special dietary requirements) by 31 August.
On 15 August 2013, Kathleen Lynch received the award from David Gay, chairman of the selection committee (2010-2013), for her monograph, Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone World, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.
The Richard L. Greaves Award is presented triennially by the International John Bunyan Society for an outstanding book on the history, literature, thought, practices, and legacy of English Protestantism to 1700.
A special commendation went to Tim Cooper for his John Owen, Richard Baxter and the Formation of Nonconformity (Ashgate, 2011).