Folger MS M.b.21

Title Miscellany of prose and poetry of Mary Gay, 1801-1809.
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.b.21
Complete Yes

Mary Gay, 1801–1809.

324 items.

Preference for humorous pieces; some riddles. 

Format Folio
Book Size 36.5cm x 25cm
Filled Page Count 466
Item Count 324
Poem Count 324
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.b.21.” 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 11:08:24 AM
First Line Context
His Time was quick, his Touch was neat

p. 13

Local title: On a Musician and Dancing Master who decamped with cash subscribed for a Musical Publication.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

How sleep the Brave, who sink to Rest

p. 107

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: Collins

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

I'm a strange composition as e'er was in nature

pp. 139–140.

Local title: A Prize Riddle.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional; often given on transcription page when absent from the index. 


Vellum with gold decoration.


Single hand throughout; large and loose. Some items pasted in are in different hands.

Indications of use

Riddle given on page 373 with instructions to see the following page for answer.

Inserted slips of paper containing scraps of poetry in French and Greek with translations.

Other scraps of paper perhaps used as bookmarks.  

Item formatting

Very free horizontal line at end of every item.

Every new item begun on a new page.


The last leaf of text contains the inscription "Finis—M Gay—July 22d 1809." 

Original poetry

Likely some, but could be from magazines. 

Ownership mark

A fly-leaf contains the inscription "Mary Gay/ Rainthorpe Hall/ Norfolk/ AD 1801." 

Page layout


Triple-ruled margins (seem to be hand-drawn, since slight variations in line joins).

Lots of white space.

Table of Contents

Yes, an index on the inside back cover.

Title page

Yes, and also a final page after entries.