Huntington MS 29165

Title Untitled
Archive Huntington Library
Call Number Huntington MS 29165
Complete Yes

Lady Charlotte Susan Maria Campbell Bury, ca. 1815.

Many materials acquired through manuscript transmission; full of evaluative commentary. 

90 poems.

Very Scottish in contents, reflecting Lady Charlotte's life in Edinburgh before 1810.

Lady Charlotte Campbell Bury's circle.

Format Wove paper, as wide as typical octavo but higher
Book Size 22.7cm x 13.6cm
Filled Page Count 220 pages
Item Count 90
Poem Count 90
First Line Index Yes
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.


Huntington MS 29165.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2020-04-18 4:50:10 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:27:57 AM
First Line Context
Gentle breath of melting sorrow

p. 60.

Local title: Address to a Sigh.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Lock'd in the arms of balmy sleep

pp. 33–36.

Local title: On a Thunder Storm.

Attributed Author: ArchBishop Lowth.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

The poplars are fell'd, and adieu to the shade

pp. 55–56

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: Cowper.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

When Bath, grown temperate, his bottle leaves

pp. 37–38

Local title: A Prophecy.

Attributed author: Lord {Horts.}

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: When Bath grows temperate his Bottle leaves...

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Post-bound. Writing is tight into the gutter – words usually fit, but are often written on a slant at the ends of lines whether on the outside of the recto or the gutter side of the verso – perhaps using rules margins in the original.

Green morocco with gilt decorations; spine labelled: "M.S.S."


Single, throughrout the majority of book the book. A second hand takes over in the middle of a very, very long poem (51 pages, pp. 166-216) in rhyming couplets –  The Vale of Teviot, by Mr. Leyden – this is the second last item, followed by The Indian Man’s Creed in the same (second) hand.

Indications of use

Annotations throughout, in the hand of the principal compiler – explanatory commentary, but also evaluative commentary like “nonsense,” or (for Indian Man’s Creed) “I do not approve of the forgoing[sic] Creed but the wildness of the Verses pleased me.”

Item formatting

Very plain book in sense of presentation of titles etc.

Original poetry

Yes; items identified as by her father, by Mr. Hook extempore at the table, and by friends – many of the contents seems to have been acquired through manuscript circulation.