The Works of the Most Reverend Dr. John Tillotson

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by John Tillotson

The Works of the Most Reverend Dr. John Tillotson (1630-1694) contained two hundred sermons, discourses, and prayers he had authored.[1] Educated at the University of Cambridge, Tillotson was a devout Protestant who opposed Catholicism.[2] Throughout his career, he served as chaplain to Charles II, dean of Canterbury, canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally Archbishop of Canterbury.[3]

Tillotson was widely influential amongst his colleagues; sermons by Laurence Sterne, James Woodforde, and others borrowed heavily from his works.[4] Some clergyman went so far as to directly present Tillotson's sermons in lieu of their own.[5] He was even cited in dictionaries, with one particular lexicographer citing his works over one thousand times.[6]

Bibliographic Information

Author: John Tillotson.

Title: The Works of the Most Reverend Dr. John Tillotson, late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury: Containing Two Hundred Sermons and Discourses on Several Occasions: to Which are Annexed Prayers Composed by Him for His Own Use, a Discourse to His Servants Before the Sacrament, and a Form of Prayer Composed by Him, for the Use of King William: Being All That were Printed after His Grace's Decease: Now Collected into Two Volumes: Together with Tables to the Whole: One, of the Texts Preached Upon; Another of the Places of Scripture, Occasionally Explain'd; a Third, an Alphabetical Table of Matter.

Publication Info: London: Printed for Benjamin Tooke, John Pemberton, and Edward Valentone ..., Jacob Tonson ..., and James Round, 1722.

Edition: Third edition; two volumes.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in full tan leather with five raised bands, decoration and gilt lettering to spines. Contains attractive armorial bookplate to front pastedown of each volume and former owner's name and date 1756 to front blank endpaper. Purchased from Ely Books.

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  1. Isabel Rivers, "Tillotson, John (1630–1694)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed October 3, 2013. (Subscription required for access.)
  2. Who's Who in Christianity, s.v. "Tillotson, John (1630 - 1694)," accessed October 03, 2013,
  3. The Hutchinson Encyclopedia, s.v. "Tillotson, John Robert ," accessed October 03, 2013,
  4. Isabel Rivers, ‘Tillotson, John."
  5. The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, s.v. "Tillotson, John (1630 - 1694)," accessed October 03, 2013,
  6. Isabel Rivers, ‘Tillotson, John."