Clark MS 2000.005

Title I, II: "Poetical compositions on various Subjects and Translations from Latin authors." III: "Poetical compositions on various subjects consisting chiefly of occasional pieces of humour."
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 2000.005
Complete Yes

John Sanderson, 1787–ca. 1816, with one entry from 1832.

Four volumes, but this entry concerns only the first three (the poetry miscellanies).

121 poems.

Translations of Latin poetry, humorous poetry, apparently all original.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20cm x 13.2cm
Filled Page Count 401 pages
Item Count 124
Poem Count 121
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose prefaces
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 2000.005.” 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 3:59:28 PM
Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular. Items very clearly designated as the compiler's poems; in one case co-authored, in another case possibly by his daughter or sister, Miss S—(vol. 3).


Bound in contemporary straight-grained red morocco with gilt edges and neo-classical ornaments on spines.

Erroneous labelling of volume 4 as volume 3 on spine – the first 3 volumes are labelled “Sanderson’s Poems,” the fourth volume as “Sanderson’s Memoirs.”

Decorations - hand-drawn

Volume 1 illustrated with frontispiece showing the author's self portrait; other illustrations throughout the text.



Indications of use

Annotations show retrospective reading, whether by the compiler or others.

Introductory remarks in volume one state that the compiler has collected his scattered pieces because of  a resolution to leave off writing poetry; his friends have tried to persuade him to print a volume for private purposes, but he's glad he hasn’t done so – “for as this Manuscript-Copy may serve hereafter as a Memorandum of some of my past spent Hourse during my Clerkship, and may remind me of a few agreeable Circumstances hinted at or expressed in some of the pieces, my utmost Wishes and Expectations are most satisfactorily answered” (1.12; signed J.S. Junior and dated Doncaster Novr. 1790.)

Volume 2 begins with noting he is breaking the resolution not to write any more poetry; says his new poetry has been stimulated by studies at the University of Oxford when he left the profession of Law for the Church; he writes he is not seeking praise, but hopes the poems “may in future afford such a Satisfaction to himself and his friends as contemplative Minds enjoy in tracing back past Occurrences, and calling to remembrance the Circumstances of Youth” (volume 2, p. 7).

Volume 4 (the memoir) titled: "Private memoirs of the life of the Rev. John Sanderson, A.B. / written by himself and designed for domestic perusal."

Item formatting

Double rules after items.

Single rules after titles, which are in large hand.


Some introductory gestures in each case: Vol. 1 – Introductory Observations; Vol. 2 – dedication to Elizabeth Marsden, whom he was courting at the time; Vol. 3 – Preface; Vol. 4 – Preface. 

Volumes 1-3 have subsections by poetic subgenre.

Original poetry

Yes, apparently all original poetry.

Ownership mark

Each volume contains an armorial bookplate "Ex Libris Fairfax of Cameron" on the front paste-down endpapers.

Page layout

Paginated (by the compiler). 

Table of Contents

Yes, for each volume – at the ends of volumes 1-3, at the beginning of volume 4.

Title page

Yes, for each volume. Each title page includes dates and place of composition: Vol. 1 1790, Doncaster; Vol. 2 1796, Houghton; Vol. 3 1805, Darfield; Vol. 4 1799, Tyers-Hill.