Houghton MS Eng 569.63

Title Epigrams
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Eng 569.63
Complete Yes

Anonymous Norfolk Clergyman, ca. 1814–1822.

Only included up to p. 82 (/119) because the rest of the book is game charts and other miscellaneous contents. 

53 poems.

Primarily local interest, political, and religious poetry. 

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.6cm x 16.5cm
Filled Page Count 82 pages
Item Count 61
Poem Count 53
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose, Prose - religious, Prose letters, Prose sermon
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.


Houghton MS Eng 569.63.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/274. Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:18:58 AM
Contributor Role
[Anonymous Norfolk Gentleman]
First Line Context
Who many a sturdy Oak has laid along

p. 9

Local title: Epitaph in Ockham Church Yard Surrey on Jno Sprong Carpenter.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional; if included, most often as part of the title or by initials at the end of the poem.


Bound in quarter leather with marbled paper boards.

Decorations - hand-drawn

[After the poetry section] p. 89 there's a detailed fifteen figure drawing of a scientific experiment, described in prose on pp. 111–115.

[Again, after the poetry section] p. 85 decorative swirl on otherwise blank page.


Single, with very occasional insertions by another hand, likely added later to fill blanks.

Indications of use

The compiler was seemingly using the back section of the manuscript upside-down for hunting records while compiling the poetry section from the front.

Second hand added to blank pages at a later date.

Some cross-outs, eg. p. 66.

Pencil sketches of 3D cylinders and rectangles on inside-front and -back cover, seemingly not by the compiler, who used ink. Some pencil scribblings in the manuscript as well, eg. p. 62.

Some pencil corrections, eg. p. 70.

Item formatting

Lines between items. 

Original poetry

Likely; probably “On Mr Shelly’s Poem ‘Prometheus unbound,’” because of the attribution, “John Ball Febry 4th 1822,” and first line: "Shelly styles his new Poem ‘Prometheus unbound’..." which is amateur-ish and not in the First Line Index. If not by the compiler maybe by a friend.

Ownership mark

Inside-back cover signature of “Edward John Howman Novr 1st 1814,” plus a bunch of trial signatures (lots of the initials DGS).

Page layout

Pages sometimes completely full with text, but increasingly (as the poetry section goes on) liberal with blank space, occasionally leaving half a blank page after the end of an item.