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Prospect Saves Unique Manuscript

Prospect is conscious that libraries and archives have very limited funds to purchase rare books and manuscripts, a situation made worse by the ever-increasing price of such material. We believe that the private sector has a role in helping here and we have developed a relationship with some rare book departments whereby we assist in acquiring items they otherwise could not afford. We have just bought for Lambeth Palace Library a return of the Commission for the Examination of Witnesses in a case before Ecclesiastical Court of Arches 1683 (see illustration). The Court of Arches was (and is) the supreme court of the Church of England, hearing appeals from lower courts. Lambeth holds its archives, but this 28 page document somehow escaped its custody. We are delighted to fill the gap.