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18 Grotiana (n.s.) 3 (1997)

handle is hein.journals/grotia15 and id is 1 raw text is: Hugo Grotius,
Via ad conciliandas controversias quae inter
Hollandiae ministros de praedestinatione et
annexis capitibus agitantur
Edited, with an Introduction and Notes, by
HENK NELLEN AND EDWIN RABBIE*
Introduction
1. The Manuscript
The text that is printed here for the first time is part of one of the Grotian man-
uscripts in the Amsterdam University Library, where they are on loan from the
Remonstrant Church. The manuscript has the shelf-mark III C 5. As is clear
from a handwritten note on the endpaper, Adriaen van Cattenburgh, the eigh-
teenth-century biographer of Grotius and professor at the Remonstrant Semi-
nary, deposited the manuscript at the library of the Remonstrant Community of
Amsterdam on October 14, 1737 at the request of Pieter Cornets de Groot van
Kraaijenburg (1684-1747), bailiff of the Marquisate of Bergen op Zoom and
great-grandson of Hugo Grotius.'
The manuscript has 421 folios, not quite impeccably numbered by Grotius
himself. Our tract is on folios 87r-119v and is also separately paginated 1-68,
presumably also by Grotius himself. Pages 53 and 54 are missing, although
there is no gap in the foliation. It seems logical to infer from this that Grotius
himself cut out the leaf, possibly to make use of it for another purpose. Since
the volume contains several documents dating from the 1620s,2 we assume that
Grotius arranged it and had it bound some time after 1630, when he felt the
need to sort out his papers and bring together related documents in separate
volumes.3 Self-made indexes, as can also be found in this volume, had to guar-
antee easy consultation.
The manuscript contains documents (and also some printed pamphlets) rela-
ted to the conflict between Remonstrants and Counter-Remonstrants and is sys-
* Constantijn Huygens Institute, The Hague.
I Therefore, this manuscript was not part of the famous collection of Grotiana that was
put up for auction at Martinus Nijhoff's in The Hague in 1864.
2 We have found no documents dated later than 1629.
-1 Similar volumes in the same collection are MSS Ill C 2, 111 C 3, II C 4 and Ill C 6.

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