Clark MS 1993.001

Title Untitled
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 1993.001
Complete Yes

Francis Hawes, 1720–1760.

An ambigraph volume with poetry on both ends. This entry is concerned with the two ends of the volume only, not the middle (recipe) section which is in another hand.

165 poems.

Political satire poems in the style of early eighteenth-century; satire of court manners and prominent women. Many poems that mention Bath.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20cm x 15.9cm
Filled Page Count 225 pages
Item Count 167
Poem Count 165
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose
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 1993.001.” 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 3:57:57 PM
First Line Context
I'm [not] High-Church, nor Low-church, nor Tory, nor Whig

pp. 232–233

Local title: To all Whom it May Concern to Know me.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: I’m Not high Church nor Low Church nor Tory nor Whig…

Other: n/a

Immortal Newton never spoke

p. 130.

Local title: On Nash Picture hung up at Bath Between Sr Isc Newtons & Pope.

Attributed Author: "Supposed to be Made by Mr Gardiner of Stroud In Stourhd."

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Stop, passenger! until my life you read

p. 244

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: Margaret Scott

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Thou who dost all my worldly Thoughts employ

pp. 205–206.

Local title: The Images of true Conjugall Piety of the Contempt of this World & of the Expectation of a better in an Epistle from a Lady at the bath anno: 1725.

Attributed author: a Lady.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional or rare; not many for the satiric items, which is typical for early eighteenth-century political poetry; exceptions include Mrs. Sansom; Pack; Francis Hawes himself.


Vellum, with the remains of metal clasps. 


Primarily single, in the style of early eighteenth-century.

pp. 163-70 at the end of the first poetry section contains poems by at least two other hands – perhaps a reason for the beginning anew at the other end, even though principal hand remains the same.

Indications of use

Some annotations at the time or later – e.g. p. 7 and 8 – but still cryptic in case of annotations done at the time of copying – e.g. p. 7. 

Item formatting

Titles written in a somewhat larger hand.

Freehand wavy line, spiral device or flourish between items, or else new items begin on new pages.


An ambigraph volume with poetry on both ends, in a single hand; middle section of recipes contains a second hand [this database entry is based on the 2 ends of the volume only].

Original poetry

Yes, initials or signature of Francis Hawes on some poems.

Ownership mark

"W.J. Thoms" inscribed on front paste-down endpaper, with "bought at his sale, 1887" appended in a different hand.

Several poems signed "F.E Hawes" or "F.H."