Clark MS 2019.038

Title Untitled
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 2019.038
Complete Yes

Sarah Wills, 1736–1737.

Alternates between poetry and receipts, bills, and letters, but gives the sense of an integral whole.

64 items, 19 poems.

Apparently a young woman's schoolbook which includes instruction in a variety of topics including handwriting, poetry, morals and commerce. 

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.1cm x 16.1cm
Filled Page Count 56 pages
Item Count 64
Poem Count 19
First Line Index No
Digitized No
Additional Genres Bills, Prose - letters, Receipts, School exercises
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 2019.038.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2020-03-25 10:58:04 AM
Updated 2023-07-20 4:04:35 PM
Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-Bound. Single gathering.

Original paper wrappers with engraving to front board, somewhat worn, front cover detaching.


Single, neat sloping hand.

Indications of use

An educational exercise book of some sort. Opening poem suggests this may be a case of home education, provided by a mother.

An interesting example of a woman's education in the first half of the eighteenth-century, which could include learning invoicing one day, followed by poems or letter-writing the next.

Item formatting

Ruled in red between items. 

Signature and date at ends of pages of sections.


Dates progress through the period from the start to the end dates of the book.

Ownership mark

Signature at the ends of pages and sections. 

Page layout

Ruled in red on lefthand margins throughout.