Leeds Brotherton Ltq 51

Title Untitled
Archive Brotherton Library
Call Number Leeds Brotherton Ltq 51
Complete Yes

George Weller, ca. 1750.

41 items.

Many pieces referencing or composed at Tonbridge School; some Jacobite-related material.

Format Quarto
Book Size
Filled Page Count 158 pages
Item Count 41
Poem Count 41
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres
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.


Leeds Brotherton Ltq 51.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/313. Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:40:35 AM
Contributor Role
George Weller
First Line Context
At Se'noke so fam'd for Virginity old

pp. 199–204

Local title: The Sennoak nunnery. To the tune of Packington's pound.

Attributed author: Elizabeth Amherst.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: Spelled "Sennoak" instead of "Se'noke."

Other: n/a

Hear all you Friends to Knighthood

p. 191.

Local title: On the loss of Sr Wm Morgans red ribbon at Reading, to the tune of Noble Race of Shimkin.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: Hear all true friends of Knighthood...

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional; some original items initialed, the print sources of Edward the Second noted, and items frequently dated, but author attributions less common. More importance is given to the year of composition (even when not an original piece) than the author.


Pre-bound paperbook. Many blanks.

Vellum cover with some blind tooling and “3:F/Sup:Fine/Poems” written at the top of the spine in brown ink.



Indications of use

p. 133 item headed “This Poem at page 215,” with a line drawn vertically over the middle of the text, though the poem is not organized in columns on either side of the line. I think this is perhaps an odd sort of cross-out, as the poem is copied in full on p. 215, and this copy appears incomplete. The header (then) is a redirection, and this is an abandoned first attempt.

p. 228 small cross-out stands out because cross-outs are extremely rare in this ms. Very much a fair copy book, aside from this and the p. 133 item.


Water, or watery ink, stains on p. 106.

Paste-in poem on p. 108.

p. 125 book turned, text written vertically as though to fit the end of the item into p. 125 before the new item began on 126 — perhaps a sign that some poems were written on later pages before earlier pages had been completed? 

Item formatting

No lines between items; about half of the items are begun on a new page, the others are back-to-back. No lines under titles either.

In the miscellaneous section, titles are written in the margins, eg. p. 208.


Manuscript divided into four sections, separated by blank pages: “Edward the Second”; original poems by George Weller; Tonbridge School poems; and miscellaneous poems. Also a set of Jacobite and anti-Jacobite poems grouped together pp. [188]f. These are not especially clear divisions. 

Original poetry

Yes; many original items, pp. 104–108, but also original poems from school (though possibly not by Weller himself) pp. 109–194.

Page layout

Pencilled margins throughout, eg. p. 83, though sometimes ignored, eg. p. 107. In the first section (Edward the Second), margins are generously large, and occupy about ¼ of the page, leaving lots of empty space. They are thinner in the other sections, leaving more room for text and less blank space on the pages, eg. p. 131.

Frequently numbered stanzas.

Paginated (by the compiler. p. 158 is paginated 190, which is to say there’s a jump from p. 157 to p. 190, and pagination continues from 190 to the end of the manuscript, with what would otherwise be the correct pagination noted in pencil below the compiler’s pagination).