Houghton MS Eng 1323

Title Loisir
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Eng 1323
Complete Yes

Sambrooke Freeman, 1737.

Resembles a scrapbook; includes hand-coloured print illustrations.

95 poems.

Copies of verses, riddles, short stories, and newspaper clippings.

Format Folio
Book Size 32.3cm x 20.9cm
Filled Page Count 179 pages
Item Count 114
Poem Count 95
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
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.


Houghton MS Eng 1323.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/282. Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:18:29 AM
First Line Context
A Knife, dear Girl, cuts Love, they say

p. 4.

Local title: Verses sent by a Gentleman to his Lady, with a Present of a Knife.

Attributed author: a Gentleman.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Print cut-out pasted in under the heading "POETS CORNER."

Thee, Mary, with this Ring I wed

p. 4. 

Local title: To Mrs. —, with a Ring.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: From a print paste-in headed, "POETRY./ Mr. Editor, A Gentleman, on the late anniversary of his wedding day, presented his wife with a ring, and the following lines. I doubt not you will be obliged to me for a copy; particularly when you know they are by the same hand who presented a knife and verses on a former anniversary of his wedding./ I am,/ Your Constant Reader." Attributed date: January 1, 1779. 

To thee dear wife,—and all must grant

pp. 62, 64.

Local title: To Mrs B—p with a pocket Looking Glass.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Initialed J[?]B. 

Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-bound paperbook. Many blanks. 

Leather binding with gold tooling. Marbled endpapers.

Decorations - printed

Handcoloured printed illustrations on pp. 19, 23, 28, 31, 37.


Various unidentified hands.

Indications of use

Many handwritten items have been pasted-in.

Some blank areas where other articles used to be pasted; the spaces are seemingly clean (of glue), but show shadows the size of other paste-in items eg. p. 29.


Versos were seemingly being saved for print additions which were added later on.

Original poetry

Yes, "The first Visit," and possibly the other items by Rev. T Powys[?]. 

Page layout


Guiding pencil lines drawn on pp. 98, 100, 102, 104, 106, 108, 110.

Printed items

Contains newspaper clippings and hand-coloured print illustrations on p. 19, 31, and 37.

Table of Contents

Yes, though probably the least useful Table of Contents on this database. Titled "Explanation," p. 177.