Catalogue Record: THEM00117
'Paradoxical Questions concerning the morals & actions of Athanasius & his followers'
Shelfmark: **N563M3 P222
Location: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sotheby Lot: [Part of?] SL266
SL266 was bought at the Sotheby sale by the bookseller Roy Vernon Sowers of Los Gatos, California for £5.
f. 1r 'Quæst 1. Whether ye ignominious death of Arius in a bog-house was not a story put about by Athanasius above twenty years after his death?'
f. 10r 'Quest. 2 <2> Whether the Meletians deserved that ill Character wch Athanasius gave them.'
f. 11r 'Quest. 3 Whether the Council of Tyre & Ierusalem was not an bigger <orthodox authentic> Council <bigger> than that of Nice'
f. 15r 'Quest. 4 Whether Athanasius in ye Council of Tyre produced Arsenius alive or only his letter of Arsenius to prove yt he was not dead. Whether it was Arsenius alive or only his letter wch Athanasius produced in ye Council of Tyre to prove that he was not dead.'
f. 15r 'Quest. 5. Whether ye story of the dead man's hand & the living Arsenius was not feigned by Athanasius about 25 years after ye time of ye Council of Tyre.'
f. 17r 'Quest. 6 Whether the Letter of Pinnes was not for for proving Arsenius to be alive was not feigned by Athanasius being at ye same time wth ye story of the dead mans hand.'
f. 19r 'Quest. 7 Whether the story <Letter> of Arsenius was not feigned by Athanasius before the convening of ye Council of Tyre?'
f. 21r 'Quest 8 Whether the Letter of Ischyras was not feigned by Athanasius'
f. 23r 'Quest 9 Whether the Recantation of Valens & Vrsatius was not feigned by the friends of Athanasius.'
f. 24v 'Whether Vrsatius & Valens made any other confession besides that in ye Council of Millain.'
f. 25r 'Quest. 10 Whether Athanasius was accused of adultery before the Council of Tyre.'
f. 26r 'Quest Whether Athanasius did not < misrepresent > impose upon ye western Bishops'
'Quæst. 11 Whether Athanasius hath < did > not misrepresent the story of the communion cup of Ischyras < accusation of his breaking charged upon him > < by > subverting the communion Table and demolishing the Church. Whether Athanasius did < fairly sincerely> acquit himself of ye crime of breaking ye communion cup < & whether he did not feign the letter > of Ischyras.'
f. 28r 'Quest. 12 Whether Athanasius was not made Bishop of Alexandria by sedition & violence against the canons of that Church.'
f. 29r 'Quest. 13 Whether Athanasius was not justly deposed by ye Council of Tyre.'
f. 32r 'Quest. 14 Whether Athanasius was not seditious.'
f. 34r 'Quest. 15 Whether Constantius persecuted the Athanasians for religion or only punished them for immorality.'
f. 38r 'Quest. Whether Athanasius <& his friends> did not corrupt & feign <the> records of the Councils of Nice & Sardica.'
f. 49r 'Quest Whether <the Emperor> Valens persecuted the Athanasians for religion or only punished them for their faults <immoralities.>'
f. 54r 'Quest. Whether Athanasius did not set on foot the invocation of saints'
f. 61r 'Whether Athanasius did not for promoting his interest set on foot the practise of false miracles.'
f. 72r 'Quest. Whether the Roman Catholicks were not wicked enough to deserve what they suffered under Constantius, Valens & the Vandals.'
f. 79r 'Quest. Whether the Vandals persecuted the Africans for their faith or only punished them for their immoralities.'
f. 80r 'Whether Athanasius did not for promoting his interest set on foot the way of writing lying <fabulous> Legends, & propagate the superstition of Monkery.'
f. 82r 'Whether Athanasius for stifling objections taken from ye writings of Dionysius of Alexandria & from ye Council of Antioch collected against Paul of Samosat & for changing the ancient Doxology did not feign records.'
SL266 is described in the Sotheby catalogue as c. 30,000 words on 120 pp. (i.e. 120 written sides?). The catalogue does, however, tend to underestimate the number of words Newton could get onto a page. Babson Ms. 436 may have been a part of this lot.
The first half of this (up to f. 37) is an earlier draft of King's College Cambridge, Keynes Ms. 10.