John Lewis (1675–1747) was educated at Exeter College, Oxford (1694, BA 1697). He was appointed Vicar of Margate (1705), and then of Minster (1709). He was given permission to use the Library by Canon Elias Sydal (Ramsay 386). He was also Master of the Eastbridge Hospital in Canterbury. He gave books to the Library at several dates, including copies of his own works.
The Benefactors' Book records (f. 115v) that
Mr Lewis vicar of Margate gave an old English Bible of King Henry the 8ths time. the erudition [sic] of a Christian & a Com[m]on prayer Book of Q Elizabeths time.
- Shelfmark W2/A-1-11(1)
- Church of England. [Book of Common Prayer]. 1600.
- Inscription on third surviving printed leaf: The Gift of Mr John Lewis Vicar of Minster to the Library of Christ's Church Canterbury, 1713.
- Shelfmark W2/A-1-12(1)
- Church of England. Booke of Common Prayer, and administration of the sacraments. And other rites and ceremonies of the Church of England. 1630.
- Inscription on second front free endpaper: The Gift of Mr John Lewis Vicar of Minster to the Library of Christ's Church Canterbury, 1713.
- Shelfmark W/O-5-3
- The Byble in Englyshe of the largest and greatest volume, auctorysed and apoynted by ... Henrye the .viii, ... to be ... vsed in euery churche ... Oversene and Perused ... by the Ryghte Reuerende Fathers in God Cuthbert Byshop of Duresme and Nicolas Bishop of Rochester. 1541.
- Inscription on verso of title page of New Testament: Richar the sonn of Thomas Bellamy bap ye 28 of September 1596.
- Inscription on verso of title page of New Testament: Stoner Bellamy the sonn of Thomas Bellamy bapty. 2 october 1597.
- Inscription on verso of title page of New Testament: Anne the dafter of Thomas Bellamy bap ye 13 daye of aug 1601.
- Inscription on verso of title page of New Testament: Richar Bellamy and Anne Baker mared the 14 october 1619.
- Inscription on final verso: Thomas toppenge.
- Inscription on verso of second front free endpaper: The Gift of Mr John Lewis Vicar of Minster to the Library of Christ Church Canterbury 1713.
Other gifts, not mentioned in the Benefactors' Book, include
- Shelfmark W/H-2-41
- Lewis, John. History of the life and sufferings of ... John Wicliffe, ... To which is now prefix'd, an advertisement in defence of the said History, and an ... explanation of ... obsolete words. 1723.
- Inscription on verso of title page: The Gift of the Author to the Library of Christs Church Canterbury.
- Shelfmark W2/Q-18-21
- John Lewis. History and antiquities of the Abbey and church of Favresham in Kent; ... the ... priory of Davington, and Maison-Dieu of Ospringe, ... and parish of Bocton subtus le Bleyne. ... added a collection of papers relating to the Abbey, &c. ....
- Inscription on title page: The Gift of the Author to the Library of Christ's Church, Canterbury.
Other more recent additions to the collections:
- Shelfmark CCA-DCc-AddMs/95
- [John Lewis]. The life of the learned and reverend John Johnson. (Manuscript, c. 1740)
- Shelfmark CCA-DCc-LitMs/E/36
- The four Gospels translated into the English out of the Vulgar Latine by Dr John Wickliffe . 1726.
- Inscription on sheet pasted on front pastedown: This Transcript was purchased at Sir Peter Thompson's sale, 1815. The corrections in the body of the Text, and the margin (which have been made with great attention) are in the handwriting of Lewis, and must be obvious to all acquainted with his autograph. His close connection with Thompson appears by the History of Thanet having been printed for the author, by Peter Thompson, and John Ames.
- Presentation label on front pastedown: This collection of anc. English Bibles, &c. was made by the late Rev. Thomas Coombe, D.D. and presented to this library by his sons, Rev. John Riché Coombe, and Rev. Thomas Coombe A.D. M.D.CCC.XXIII.