Beinecke Osborn c157

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c157
Complete Yes

Anonymous; perhaps Thomas Siw---, ca. 1750–1781.

Two sections: a poetry compilation and a commonplace miscellany (ca. 1813–1835)—this entry pertains only to the first section.

96 items.

Interest in women’s self-assertion, poems by Cambridge men, and Latin and Greek. Sources often identified as manuscripts or magazines.

Format Quarto
Book Size 21cm x 17cm
Filled Page Count 129 pages in first (poetry) section, 267 pages total
Item Count 96
Poem Count 85
First Line Index Yes
Digitized No
Additional Genres Prose
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.


Beinecke Osborn c157.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-07-19 4:24:19 PM
First Line Context
'Twas on a lofty vase's side

p. 44

Local title: An ode on a favorite cat called Selima which fell into a china cistern.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

I'm [not] High-Church, nor Low-church, nor Tory, nor Whig

p. 4

Local title: To all whom it may concern to know me.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: I am neither High-Church nor Low Church, nor Tory, nor Whig...

Other: n/a

In Charles the Second’s Golden Days

pp. 122–123.

Local title: A new song in imitation of The vicar of Bray.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Mistaken fair, lay Sherlock by

pp. 7–8

Local title: To the Lady Tankerville on her Reading Sherlock Upon Death

Attributed author: Ld. Chesterfield

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: at the bottom of the page: "The Answer. Turn Over." – i.e. guide to reader; p. 8 – The Answer Extempore to the foregoing Verses by a Young Lady: "No fault in Sherlock can I Spy..." 

Wou'd you think it, my Duck! (for the fault I must own)

pp. 114–115.

Local title: Miss Hambleton to Miss Duck upon her having refused a great Offer in favour of Mr. M—re.

Attributed author: Miss Hambleton.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: Minor differences in word order, diction and spelling from Folger M.b. 23.

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Frequent. Many poems copied from journals and magazines with their sources and dates identified.

Note next to one of the poems that they "were given to me by the author Sneyd Davies," accompanied by a pasted-in newspaper clipping of his death.


Post-bound, after compilation (writing right into the gutter). 

“POETRY” handwritten on spine.



Two; one (careful, decorative) for the first section, followed by a distinctive change on p. 125 to the second hand, which is much more informal.

Indications of use

Instructions to reader at the bottom of p. 7 and p. 65 (solution to riddle/enigma).

Remains of pressed flowers.

Last section of the manuscript contains a number of knitting recipes, attributed to various acquaintances.

p. 93 – note re: Epitaph “enter’d a Second time by Mistake.”

First hand shows signs of erasure.

Later compiler has written a few short sententia on inside front cover. 

Item formatting

Horizontal ruled lines under item headers and at the ends of items.

Original poetry

Possibly; the added gossiping song at the end of the book could be original, but the compiler seems to be primarily a copier of print and manuscript poetry.

Ownership mark

Written on front cover: "Poems Thomas Si[wyld]."

Page layout

In part one, ruled lines down left-hand margins.

Rules can be very close to margin when lines are long.

Paginated (up to p. 228, then the next page is numbered 230, no pagination after this).

Printed items

Pasted-in newspaper clipping about Sneyd Davies' death.