Houghton MS Am 1919

Title Miscellany poems, Anno 1731
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Am 1919
Complete Yes

Anonymous, 1731.

35 poems.

Sentimental poetry, many epistles and plenty about love.

Format Octavo
Book Size 18.6cm x 12.2cm
Filled Page Count 102 pages
Item Count 35
Poem Count 35
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
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.


Houghton MS Am 1919.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/374. Accessed .

Created 2020-04-23 5:02:11 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:16:14 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-bound paperbook. Two blank pages between the last item and the index; no writing in the gutter.

Marbled pasteboards.



Indications of use

Three crossed out lines and a pen trial after the last item, possibly in the same hand, but much messier. This looks like an attempt at an addition that failed because the writer ran out of ink in their pen. The writing is too faint to read after the first two lines, and the cross-outs obscure it, but it says something like "A Coward’s heart is in his backs[?]/ A frog he would a wooing go …"

 Infrequent cross-outs but overall very much a fair copy book. 

Faded writing filled-in in pencil. The pencil also filled-in the blanks on p. 54: “C— L—l” is now “Co Lovel.” On the same page, the pencil underlined the word “Brazen,” and wrote another word next to it (that I can’t quite make out). Pencil underlines on p. 58, as well.

Seemingly a round ink stain at the bottom of the spine on pp. 28–29 that blead through multiple pages.

Item formatting

Swirled lines between items and under titles throughout the book. 

Original poetry

Likely; not many First Line Index hits.

Ownership mark

"Mrs. Neale" on front flyleaf and title page.

Notes in pencil on inside-front-cover by later owners and/or archivists.

“Bought of Westale[?]. 18/11/56 [?]Black” written in pen on the title page.

Page layout

Paginated (in the top left-hand corner, and in the format "P.[#]."

Table of Contents

Yes, at the beginning of the manuscript with both page and item number.

Title page

Yes: "Miscellany Poems Anno 1731." Definite effort at decoration here with swirls beneath the title, though where the title is repeated again below this original title, the ink is very smudged.