Folger MS M.a.142

Title Untitled
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.a.142
Complete Yes

Horatia Nelson (16 years old), 1817.

100 poems.

Quite a banal book but a good indication of what poetry was popular, including some poems on the Napoleonic wars, and Irish/Scottish materials.

Format Unknown [wove paper, no chainlines, no watermarks]
Book Size 23cm x 19cm
Filled Page Count 148 pages
Item Count 102
Poem Count 100
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.a.142.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-11-04 8:04:46 AM
Updated 2023-07-20 4:09:09 PM
First Line Context Print Source
Whoe'er like me, with trembling anguish brings

p. 63–64.

Local title: [Two titles—p. 63:] On the death of Mrs Mason—extracts from Mason's poem on death of wife. [p. 64:] On a Lady who died of a Consumption at the Hot Wells Bristol by her husband.

Attributed author: Mason [and] her husband.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Frequent or occasional, but not well-organised. 


Pre-bound paperbook. Writing goes right into the gutter.

Half red roan, marbled paper boards.


Single loose hand.

Indications of use

Cross outs.

Sense of ad hoc filling-in rather than advance planning.

Stubs of excised leaves follow leaves 6, 26, 63, 64, 75. 

Item formatting

Heavy double lines under titles and at ends of items, sometimes between stanzas or individual extracts from the same work, occasionally varied with other sorts of dividers.

Sometimes difficult to determine where one source ends and another begins.


A fairly messy book, with cross-outs.

Two pages at the end in another hand and inside back cover are written in reverse orientation. 

Ownership mark

Written inside front cover: "Horatia N. Nelson. 1817. Burnham."

Page layout

Paginated up to 162 with some errors (148 filled pages).