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Record 22126

Reading Experience:

'I read Dr Wilkins of prayer, and in reading the Bible observed and wrote downe in a book notes for matter, method and expression; and although by such industrious wayes I had a gift of prayer, I knew that except the spirit of God helped my infirmityes . . . I could not pray in such a manner as to pleas God. I found it much better to use scripture phrase, on all occasions, th[a]n to trust to parts, and pray at random'.
Century: 1600-1699
Date: 1659
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Cambridge
county: Cambridgeshire
specific address: Trinity College
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Isaac Archer
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 23 Dec 1641
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: Minister in Church of England
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Wilkins
Title: A Discourse Concerning the Gift of Prayer
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1651
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22126  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Matthew Storey
  Title: Two East Anglian Diaries 1641-1729: Isaac Archer and William Coe
  Place of Publication: Woodbridge, Suffolk
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 60-61
  Additional comments: The orginal source is a manuscript journal, Cambridge University Library, Additional Manuscript 8499

Citation: Matthew Storey (ed.), Two East Anglian Diaries 1641-1729: Isaac Archer and William Coe (Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1994), p. 60-61,, accessed: 31 March 2023

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