Richard Baxter Quatercentenary Symposium

Event Date: 
13 Nov 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: the AHRC-funded edition of Reliquiae Baxterianae and the nine-volume edition of Baxter’s correspondence (both forthcoming with Oxford University Press).


Provisional Programme

12:00-12:30   Buffet Lunch

12:30-15:00   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) for drinks


Conference fee £10 (£5 students/unwaged), payable on the door. Please register by 31 October 2015 by email to


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 provide: a brief explanation of your need for support, why you think attending this symposium will benefit your work and your likely travel/subsistence costs (no more than one paragraph), along with a short biography, and a reference letter from your supervisor (if you are a PhD student). If you would like to apply for this funding please contact the organisers prior to the registration deadline. The symposium website is available: