Houghton MS Am 1894

Title A poetical jumble, vivified from the rubbish of chaos: humbly dedicated to the goddess of silence / S. Melancholicus
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Am 1894
Complete Yes

Samuel Church, 1786.

2 volumes, 33 poems.

Rather crude homemade bindings showing stab-stitching and stitching along spine.

Mainly poems about death and/or religion. Vol. 2 expands to include more social topics. 

Format Quarto
Book Size 19.4cm x 15cm
Filled Page Count Vol 1: 170 pages; Vol 2: 146 pages
Item Count 34
Poem Count 33
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose dedication
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.


Houghton MS Am 1894.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/373. Accessed .

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Updated 2023-07-25 11:14:43 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions



Volume 1: Post-bound, pasteboard;

Volume 2: Post-bound, leather.

Both bindings appear amateur - Vol. 1 has stab-stitched gathering reinforced by burlap strips; Vol. 2 has stitching down the middle of the spine exterior.



Indications of use

 Vol. 1: the final item has been cut out; p. 18 addition of a missing line at the bottom of the page (as an annotation). This stands out in an otherwise perfectly fair copy manuscript; some staining in the upper right-hand corners, likely from the pages being turned eg. p. 159, 161.

Vol. 2: cross-outs of single words, but still very much a fair copy manuscript; division into two parts suggests awareness of the fact that part two isn’t thematically coherent with part one, though he attempts to return to his usual religious theme with the final poem.

Item formatting

Curled lines between items.

Double or single lines under titles. 


Volume two is divided into two parts. 

Original poetry

Likely, many not found in the First Line Index. 

Ownership mark

"By S. Melancholicus" written on both title pages. 

Page layout


Pages are filled; new items are started on the same page as the previous item when there is space enough for at least a few lines.

Table of Contents

Yes, at the front of each volume.

Title page

Yes, for each volume.