Clark MS 1982.001

Title Untitled
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 1982.001
Complete Yes

E.L.T. Bale, ca. 1730–1740 (possibly begun as early as 1710s though). 

This entry concerns the poetry end of the manuscript only.

48 poems.

Poems from popular periodicals, a few Latin poems, and a series of Horatian odes versified in English.

Format Octavo
Book Size 18.2 cm x 12 cm
Filled Page Count 90 pages (poetry end)
Item Count 61
Poem Count 48
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Recipes, remedies
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 1982.001.” 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 3:52:40 PM
First Line Context
Father of All! in every Age

pp. 76–78.

Local title: Pope's Universal Prayer.

Attributed author: Pope.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

God prosper long our noble King/ our lives and safeties all

pp. 50–58

Local title: Chevy Chase.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

To thee, dear Swift, these spotless leaves I send

p. 71

Local title: To Dean Swift, wt. a Book of clean Paper.

Attributed author: Lord Orrery.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular. The compiler is scrupulous about attributing author and/ or source, including for the recipes.


Speckled calf with plain lines around outer edges.

Paper used to build up back cover board.


Yes, for poems continuing beyond the page.


Single. The volume contains many entries made at least partially in short-hand. 

Indications of use

Use of shorthand suggest this was perhaps viewed as a private book (for eg. used in the case of Chevy Chase ballad, seemingly either to speed up copying of 54 stanzas or because of satiric material). 

Note on p. 68 claims manuscript transmission of poem from Elizabeth Rowe. Other manuscript transmissions indicated in other endnotes. 

Item formatting

One or more pen strokes to mark ends of poems.

Titles sometimes written a bit larger than the rest of the text, but not uniformly done.


Divided into poetry and commonplace (recipes, prose notes on natural history, etc., with a couple of poems) ends – compiler clearly distinguishing by genre. Note that just as the commonplace end contains a couple of poems (perhaps written into its endpapers later), so the poetry end, towards the end of the section, contains 5 pp. of cooking and medical recipes—possibly a compiler error.

Volume flipped and last 82 pages written upside down.

Ownership mark

Inscribed "E.L.T. Bale" on p. 1, with note "Jan. 21st 1730/31 about 3 a clock in ye after-noon my son was born, and about ten at night he died."

Page layout

Poetry end paginated (up to p. 48, but p. 21 skipped); commonplace end unpaginated.

Printed items

Unrelated black-letter printed document on paste-downs.