Folger MS M.a.186

Title A Collection of Poems
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.a.186
Complete Yes

Mr. Stocker of Portsmouth, ca. 1753–1780.

Lots of orginial material.

260 poems.

Much local content; clearly a supporter of the Opposition in the 1730s and 40s.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20cm x 17cm
Filled Page Count 482 pages
Item Count 260
Poem Count 260
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.186.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-11-04 10:43:10 AM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:05:35 AM
First Line Context
Hark! my gay friend, that solemn toll

pp. 158–160.

Local title: On hearing a passing Bell.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Since thine is the only power on earth we know

p. 422.

Local title: The Dutchess of Kingston's Petition to his Holiness the Pope.

Attributed author: The Dutchess of Kingston.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: Since thine's the only Power on Earth I know...

Other: n/a

Thou Pow'r supreme, by whose Command I live

pp. 311–313

Local title: By Miss Carter on her Birth Day 1738.

Attributed author: Miss Carter.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Note date attribution in title.

Feature Note
Author attributions

Rare, but most poems seem to be original. 


Post-bound. Sense that the gatherings making up the book are not necessarily compiled in order of writing/copying; pages not trimmed.

Pages quite worn, edges show separate sections of gatherings.

Original vellum, lettered "VI MSS POETR."

Decorations - hand-drawn

Rather ornate capital letters.

Titles tend to be printed somewhat decoratively.


Single primary hand, then a secondary hand, then the primary hand returns in later sections.

Indications of use

Brown-purple stain at top and side of pages around p. 400, perhaps a wine stain.

Something dropped onto the book from the top and from the upper side.

Some identities of individuals addressed in poems are pencilled in next to the items in the Table of Contents.

Original poetry

Yes, likely almost all of it.

Page layout


Hand-ruled left-hand margins.

Table of Contents