Clark MS 1950.025

Title Untitled
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 1950.025
Complete Yes

Ann Countess of Strafford, ca. 1715–1730.

172 pages.

Primarily political satire, some acrostics of Ann's name; Jacobite-related material.

Format Folio
Book Size 31.8cm x 19.9cm
Filled Page Count 172 pages
Item Count
Poem Count
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.


Clark MS 1950.025.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2020-03-23 6:11:35 PM
Updated 2023-07-20 3:48:27 PM
First Line Context
From happy Climes where Vertue never dyes

pp. 13–16

Local title: Cato's Ghost.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note

Pre-bound paperbook. Book entirely filled to the index, then 6 blank pages, probably reserved for continuation of the index.

Bound in full contemporary brown calf; blind tooled; spine cracked with loose pages and detached covers.


Several neat hands:

The first hand is continuous from pp. 3-32; then there's a new hand; index shows the same shift at p. 33, with the second hand continuing for the rest of the index, through to the top of p. 93.

pp. 1–93, spaces were often left from the ends of poems to the bottoms of pages; these spaces are filled in a third hand.

After p. 93, a fourth hand and mixture of new hands come into the mix, but Strafford is still in the picture.

Indications of use

"x"s mark series of political poems. 

Item formatting

Hand one uses consistent poem separator; hand two uses a different but consistent one as well. 


Up to p. 93, the first two hands, spaces are often left from the ends of poems to the bottom of certain pages; these spaces are filled in by a 3rd hand.

Ownership mark

Armorial bookplate on front paste-down endpaper: "The Rt. Hon.ble Ann, Countess of Strafford."

Page layout

Paginated by one of the compilers up to p. 93, then no pagination. Index also ends with this item.

Table of Contents

Yes, "Index" at the end goes to p. 93. Poems in the second hand are included in the index, but poems in the third hand are not.