Folger MS M.a.180

Title Untitled
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.a.180
Complete Yes

Elizabeth Gilchrist, ca. 1800–1815.

One main hand plus one organising hand, maybe that of a daughter.

89 items, 74 poems.

Mixed book with themes of women, death, friendship, love, etc.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.5cm x 16cm
Filled Page Count 209
Item Count 89
Poem Count 74
First Line Index No
Digitized No
Additional Genres Educational exercises, 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.


Folger MS M.a.180.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:03:07 AM
First Line Context
Dear Peggy, since the single state

pp. 26–28.

Local title: Advice from a young Lady to her female acquaintance lately married.

Attributed author: n/a

Other variants: First line: Hear, Peggy, since the single state. . .

Other: n/a

Oft I've implor'd the gods in vain

pp. 121–123

Local title: Greville's Ode to Indiff.

Attributed author: Greville

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Note at the bottom "Vide p. 153," which is "Answer to Mrs. Grevilles Ode on Indifference by Lady Carlisle." 

On you dear Jim, the ready muse

pp. 31–32.

Local title: Letter from a Young Lady at School, to her Brother, at Coll:

Attributed author: Rev: M:G:R.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Shows signs of correction.

Take, holy earth, all that my soul holds dear

p. 185. 

Local title: Epitaph. Written by Mr Mason, On the monument of his Wife in Bristol Cathedral.

Attributed author: Mr Mason.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Why mourns my friend! why weeps his downcast eye?

pp. 84–88.

Local title: Describing the Sorros of a friend on the Melancholy event of a licentious amour. Elegy 26th.

Attributed author: Shenstone.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Without preamble, to my friend

p. 153

Local title: Answer to Mrs. Grevilles Ode on Indifference.

Attributed author: Lady Carlisle.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Preceded by "Ode to Indiff" (pp. 121–123). 

Wou'd you think it, my Duck! (for the fault I must own)

p. 105.

Local title: Suppos'd to be wrote by Miss Jenny Hamilton (going to be married to Mr: More the Poet) to Miss Duck, daughter of Stephen Duck, and friend to Miss Hamilton.

Attributed author: Miss Jenny Hamilton.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional or rare. 


Pre-bound paperbook. Thirty-one blank leaves at the end of the book, and marbled edges.

Original sprinkled calf, gilt; paper has marbled edges.


Single primary (Gilchrist), another organizational hand (responsible for the prose extracts and the writing exercises), as well as additional hands. 

Indications of use

Book taken over by an “organizing hand” who pays tribute to Elizabeth Gilchrist, fills in material on verso pages that were originally blank, provides explanatory notes to first poem, etc. Likely expected an audience and sought to preserve Gilchrist's work. 

Item formatting

Not a very decorative book per se; but attempt to indicate where poems continue when using verso pages.

When 2-4 lines of poem remaining at bottom of page, often written sideways in margins.

Original poetry

Yes, likely a lot. None of the unattributed poems show up in the First Line Index.

Ownership mark

At the end of p. 1 is written "Miss Elizabeth Gilchrist's Collection."