Houghton MS Am 1894.1(1)

Title A poetical flame blown up by the breath of a fanatical religioso / H. Catholicus
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Am 1894.1(1)
Complete Yes

Samuel Church, 1786.

66 poems.

Religious poetry, many items about sin; seemingly all original compositions.

Intended as a gift for a recipient he calls "Reveren'd Religioso."

Format Quarto
Book Size 18cm x 13.8cm
Filled Page Count 154 pages
Item Count 67
Poem Count 66
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 1894.1(1).” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/375. Accessed .

Created 2020-04-23 5:05:51 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:15:35 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions



Post-bound. No blanks, and the final item fits perfectly on the last page.

Paper binding.



Indications of use

Opening letter to “reveren’d Religioso,” presumably a moniker for the intended recipient. 

Pen trials on inside covers and some pages.

Some cross-outs but mostly a fair copy book, which makes sense since it was seemingly intended as a gift.

Item formatting

Clear presentation of titles.

Lines separating every item.

Many numbered stanzas—no breaks between stanzas, just numbers written at the start of the new stanza's first line. 


Opening letter—To the reveren’d Religioso… hoping he enjoys the manuscript etc. 


Original poetry

Yes, seemingly all original. Opening letter which assures the recipient that these “sounds that fill my head with discords” might be “fraught with nothing more than accidental excellence,” along with the introduction, strongly implies this is the compiler's original poetry. 

Page layout

Paginated (beginning with the Introduction).

New items frequently begun at the very bottom of pages ie. rarely begin on a new page all of their own.

Irregular, curved lines (decorative?) between the end of a line of text and the edge of the page.

Title page

Yes: "A poetical flame blown up by the breath of a fanatical religioso — or a prolific imagination, stumbling on various subjects, that does no honor to Christianity. / H. Catholicus."