Clark MS 1968.002

Title Untitled
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 1968.002
Complete Yes

Ann Bromfield, ca. 1740–1748.

42 poems.

Sentimental poetry, epistolary fiction.

Format Quarto
Book Size 19.8 cm x 15.2 cm
Filled Page Count 51 pages (first section)
Item Count 48
Poem Count 42
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose - letters, Recipes
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.


Clark MS 1968.002.” 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 3:50:14 PM
Contributor Role
Ann Bromfield
G.W. Newnham
  • Owner

    Inherited the book from his grandmother, Ann Bromfield.

First Line Context
Before creating Nature will'd

pp. 11–12

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: Last line: Read and you have me for your pains.

Other: n/a

Heav'n first taught letters for some wretch's aid

p. 29

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: "Heaven first taught Letters for some wretches aid"

Other: n/a

Think not by rig'rous Judgment seiz'd

p. 29.

Local title: an Epitaph by mr Pope on two Lovers struck by Lightning.

Attributed author: mr Pope.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Rare; one Pope and one Shakespeare. 


Pre-bound paperbook. Blank pages put to ulterior uses.



Single in Ann Bromfield section (first 51 pages).

19th century coin collection table insertion and chart of important birthdays in different hands.

Indications of use

Some of the sentiments possibly material for the sentimental fiction that occupies the later portions of the book; blank pages or sections also used for “notes to self,” it seems.

Sixty-two blank pages about two-thirds of the way through the book with scattered entries – containing directions on how to turn water into ice (pencil, later hand); list of birthdays (pencilled note suggests in G.W. Newnham’s writing); two pages of recipes (elder wine, quince marmalade, currant jelly) in Ann Bromfield’s hand;  two page chart of coins in a collection, dated up to 1854.

Item formatting

Items not normally titled. 

Difficult to determine the starts and ends of items. Sometimes there is a faint dash at the end of a final line which indicates the end of the poem. 


Divided into sections by genre, with poetry comprising the first section (51 pages). Followed by a long section that seems more like an epistolary fiction than personal correspondence – letters between Julia, Urania, Silvia. Then a lengthy section of recipes; back to the epistolary fiction, now involving a Lady Charlotte; [then a short section in a 19th-c hand consisting of a table of coins – presumably from a collection]; then more of the epistolary fiction.

Note that the fiction sections contain a few interspersed passages of poetry, which seem to be part of the fiction.

Original poetry

Very likely given number of unattributed items. 

Ownership mark

Front free endpaper inscribed "Ann Bromfield" with note by C.C. Newnham: "my gt. gt. grandmother, married W. Moore N. of Ash., C.C.N."

The book contains inscriptions and bookplates by members of the Newnham family (possibly G.W's children, Ann Bromfield's great-grandchildren).

Cover inscribed "E. Newnham, Dec. 1854, Kingsdon, Bath."

Bookplate of C.C. Newnham on front paste-down endpaper.

Page layout

Endings of poems in the first few pages sometimes written sideways onto the page.