Bodleian MS Eng. poet. e. 28

Title A Collection of Poems by various Hands, but chiefly by Mr Peart, and Miss Sally Bate and Copy’d out in this Book by Miss Eleanor Peart in 1768
Archive Bodleian Library
Call Number Bodleian MS Eng. poet. e. 28
Complete Yes

Eleanor Peart, 1768.

Organized chronologically and thematically.

182 poems. 

A high proportion of original poetry; strong emphasis on the pastoral including the use of pastoral pseudonyms.

Peart-Bate coterie.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.8cm x 15.8cm
Filled Page Count 370 pages
Item Count 183
Poem Count 182
First Line Index Yes
Digitized No
Additional Genres Prose epitaphs
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.


Bodleian MS Eng. poet. e. 28.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-07-20 2:09:59 PM
First Line Context Print Source
A Northern pair, we wave the name

ff. 46–49.

Local title: The Power of Innocence.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Attributed date: 1762.

Gentleman's Magazine
Captive brother, break thy chain

ff. 59–60.

Local title: The Squirrel's of Hagley Park to Miss Warbutons Squirrel [followed by The Answer].

Attributed author: Lord Littleton.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Dated at the end: May the 17th 1763.

London Magazine
In what soft Language shall my Thoughts get free

f. 39r.

Local title: On the Death of a Husband.

Attributed author: Mrs Rowe.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Gentleman's Magazine
Unskill'd in Numbers & poetic flight

pp. 249–250.

Local title: Verses Address'd to Miss Sally, and Arabella Bate on presenting the Latter with an Elegant Book to write her Sisters Poems in.

Attributed author: E. Peart.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Attributed date: 1768.

Why droops the head, why languishes the eye

pp. 266–277.

Local title: A Sermon in Verse.

Attributed author: Marked initially as Author Unknown, then in another hand as by the Revd Peter Pennell of Eltham Clerk.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

With sense enough for half your sex beside

p. 82.

Local title: To Miss S: Bate on her last ten. Stanzas in Answer to the Song of Flattering Words &c

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: Only the first two lines, which are quoted in the above titled poem. The rest of this poem continues "Would every Maid like Virtuous Sally prove..."

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Frequent or occasional; many of the early items presented without attribution, whether by the main individuals or by others; in general attributions are provided once the Bate sequence begins; poems from that point on seem to be by the compiler or her friends in most cases.


Pp. 65 and 66 cut out.

Calf with gilt decoration around the edges.


No, but instruction to “turn over” at the bottom of some pages.


Single hand, though in one instance it appears much smaller.

Indications of use

Bookmark in pp. 295-6.

Items likely added later to fit the school exercises, Burns, Cowper etc. into the available blank pages of the book.

Item formatting

"Finis” and reverse triangle of horizontal lines at ends of many poems (where there is adequate space at end of poem, perhaps – new poems always begun at the top of the page up to post-1768 items).

When Joshua Peart materials begin p. 315, material is more crowded and there are fewer/ smaller markers, poems inserted immediately after one another.


Organization is chronological and thematic.

Original poetry

Yes; high proportion by Joshua Peart, Sally Bate, Eleanor Peart, etc.

Page layout

Paginated (up to p. 312).