Folger MS M.b.23

Title Untitled
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.b.23
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1805–1817.

340 poems.

Themes of love, support for the oppressed (slaves, Irish peasants, workhorses, foundlings, animals in general, etc.), consumption.

Maybe part of local network as some pieces attributed to single initials. 

Format Folio
Book Size 31cm x 20cm
Filled Page Count 363 pages
Item Count 360
Poem Count 340
First Line Index No
Digitized No
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.


Folger MS M.b.23.” 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 11:08:52 AM
First Line Context
Wou'd you think it, my Duck! (for the fault I must own)

Folio: n/a

Local title: Miss Hamilton/ afterwards Mrs. M./ expressed her partiality for Moore in the following Song, addressed to a daughter of the famous Stephen Duck, in which she quibbles on his name with great ingenuity & delicacy—

Attributed author: Miss Hamilton afterwards Mrs. M. 

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Identifies the poem as addressed to the daughter of Stephen Duck.

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular; simply the name at the end of the piece. Anecdotes often unattributed. 


Pre-bound paperbook. Stubs of excised leaves. 

Red cloth. Subsequently rebound with modern binding.


Single hand; seeming shift to various hands for final 21 leaves. 

Indications of use

Insert of note signed MC and dated Feb. 1829, addressed to Miss S—. 

Stubs of excised leaves at the front, another at leaves 113–114.


Items often occur in clusters by one author, suggesting sources that are organized in this way (i.e. single-author books or collections with clusters by author).

Original poetry

Likely, given the number of unattributed and unknown items. 

Ownership mark

Insert of a note signed "MC" and dated Feb. 1829, addressed to "Miss S" re: a poem not included, but copying prose lines written by the intermediary between a poem and a young lady.