Folger MS M.a.104

Title A Collection of Poems by Several Hands
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.a.104
Complete Yes

Charles Plumptre ca. 1730.

79 poems.

Includes school exercises; some poems possibly from friendship circle that includes John Hoadly and Isaac Hawkins Brown; could be connected with Newcombe’s school in Hackney; satires on women; poems by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

Format Octavo
Book Size 19cm x 12cm
Filled Page Count 118 pages
Item Count 79
Poem Count 79
First Line Index No
Digitized No
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.


Folger MS M.a.104.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-11-04 7:24:56 AM
Updated 2023-07-20 4:06:57 PM
First Line Context
A Man of Wisdom may disguise

pp. 68–74.

Local title: A Tale.

Attributed author: Mr. W.T.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: A Man of Learning May Disguise...

Other: n/a

Hail, happy bride! for thou art truly blest

p. 113.

Local title: An Epitaph on Mrs Bowes.

Attributed author: Lady M.W. Moun—e.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Indulgent Nature to each Kind bestows

p. 18.

Local title: On the Burser of St John's College, Who Cut down a fine Row of trees.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

O thou, who labour'st in this rugged Mine

p. 30

Local title: Verses Written by Mrs Cooper, in her Brother’s Coke upon Littleton.

Attributed author: Mrs. Cooper.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

When Tadloe walks the Streets, the Paviours Cry

p. 39.

Local title: On Dr. Tadlow, a Very Fat Gentleman.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular; often initials (e.g. J.H., I.H.B., T.N.). Normally at the end of the poem.


Original calf.

Spine labelled "POEMS." 


Single, despite misleading title. 

Indications of use

Date of the epilogue (1729) apparently the date of its delivery.

Item formatting

Neat and regular format.

Titles for every item.


An epilogue ending on p. 91, dated 1729. 

Original poetry

Unlikely; no obvious indications of this, but perhaps some of the few unattributed poems.

Ownership mark

Armorial bookplate of John Plumptre, the compiler's eldest brother. 

Autograph of the compiler, C. Plumptre, dated September 7, 1728.

Page layout

Poems fill entire pages, leaving very little white space.

Title page

Yes, with the mottos: "Hic est quem legis. Mart:" and "Dectes Repetita Placebunt."