Houghton MS Eng 614

Title A collection of religious poetry from various books: either in print or manuscript, begun Sunday October ye 7th, 1770 / by T.A.
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Eng 614
Complete Yes

Rev. Thomas Austen, 1770–1783.

212 poems.

Religious poems and hymns.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.5cm x 16.7cm
Filled Page Count 283 pages
Item Count 212
Poem Count 212
First Line Index Yes
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 Eng 614.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/381. Accessed .

Created 2020-04-23 6:33:15 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:21:30 AM
First Line Context
How gaily is at first begun

f. 41

Local title: How gaily is at first begun 

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional/ frequent with occasional/ frequent source annotations, frequently including date of publication and page numbers. Sometimes the compiler notes his source, and then adds later publications of the same item later. 


Bound after compilation. Writing goes into the gutter eg. pp. 242, 260.

Vellum. “Hymns” printed on the fore-edge of the closed book.



Indications of use

Manicules, usually pointing to titles; I’m guessing a mark of approval or particular enthusiasm for an item eg. p. 120.

Red pencil markings like in Austen’s other mss Houghton GEN MS Eng 611; sometimes underlines, sometimes annotations, sometimes crosses next to items. p. 106 item in ink: “Sent me Augt. 10. 1772 by a friend, in a Letter. Mr D—k.” Next to that in red-pencil: “Wht Dethick sent me.” The “me” of the red-pencil seems to indicate the annotator/ editor is the same as the compiler. 

Check-marks and crosses next to items and stanzas (eg. p. 4) could suggest recopying in other manuscripts.

p. 15 annotation “I have placed this to my ms. Collection of Maxims.” and p. 142 annotation “lay this up in my MSS. Collection of occasional Meditatns. in quarto volume; as it vastly well suits them.” ie. T. A. was compiling manuscripts simultaneously or going back to make connections between them at a later date. Also used the manuscript for notes to himself. This suggests they are informal, personal items to him.

p. 150 annotated “Jan. 25. began a letter to a friend with these 2 stanzas after illness.” Sharing materials from this manuscript, borrowing verses for inspiration/ correspondence.

Item formatting

Some underlining (seemingly for emphasis), but no lines between items, and items written one after another without breaks.

Authors and sources frequently written in little bubbles on the side of the page eg. p. 50.

Original poetry

Maybe; T. A.’s other volume contains original poetry, so this is a possibility. That said, it's difficult to tell because he makes items that aren’t his own quite personal (eg. p. 120) so the annotations can be misleading. If there is original material, there is not much. 

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