Beinecke Osborn fc130

Title Orders from Aug. 6 1771. Benjamin Finn.
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn fc130
Complete Yes

Benjamin Finn, ca. 1790. 

26 poems.

Occasional poetry, many copied from newspapers and dated. Mainly satirical, lighthearted verse, often political; several epigrams and poems about death and/or illness.

Format Folio
Book Size 32.5cm x 20.8cm
Filled Page Count 17 pages
Item Count 28
Poem Count 27
First Line Index Yes
Digitized No
Additional Genres Prose - dialogue
Print Sources
Major Themes

Major themes prominent among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.

Minor Themes

Other themes of interest among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.


Beinecke Osborn fc130.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-12-15 10:43:48 AM
First Line Context
Beneath this Stone lies Katherine Gray

p. 50

Local title: An epitaph written on a tomb in a country churchyard, on an old woman who sold earthen ware.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-bound paperbook. Multiple excisions; 20 blank pages at the end of the volume.

Full parchment.

Decorations - hand-drawn

Occasional flourishes at the ends of items that finish the page.



Indications of use

Inside covers, front and back, annotated with numerous names and addresses.

Pages clearly excised after p. 80, also likely excisions at the beginning of the book (though cleaner ones), based on the pagination, which begins with 45.

Item formatting

Several items copied from newspapers with newspapers attributed and dated. 

Lines between items.

Original poetry

Possibly, see the First Line Index items attributed to "G. W. L. jr.," Walker, and Welce. 

Ownership mark

"Orders from Aug. 6 1771. Benjamin Finn" written on the front cover. 

Page layout

Paginated 45–80 (but pages 59–80 are blank).