Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose, chiefly in English, some of which are printed in Dryden's Miscellany Poems
Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose, chiefly in English, some of which are printed in Dryden's Miscellany Poems, and of all of which a full catalogue in manuscript is in the Library. Specimen pieces, out of fifty-five are:
- (fol. 7) 'The description of a Lark by Edmond Waller Esq.,' a poem;
- (fols. 7v, 27v, 59) Short poems by Addison;
- (fols. 13v, 23, 37v, 41v) Short poems by Congreve;
- (fols. 27, 82) Short poems by Prior;
- (fols. 29, 31v, 49, 53v, 57v) Short poems by Dryden.
At fol. 84 begins a set of separate poems in a different hand, among which are:
- (fol. 84) A letter in verse from J. T. Desaguliers to J. T. Brace about the hospitality of the latter to him, about 1725;
- (fol. 100) 'What prudery is' by Pope;
- (fol. 102) a translation of an ambiguous letter from card. Richelieu, which can be read in two ways, imperfect.
- Creation: written in the first half of the 18th century
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. B. 105, fols. 1-2]
MS. Add. B. 105
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 19973
Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose, chiefly in English, some of which are printed in Dryden's Miscellany Poems, written in the first half of the 18th century.
Biographical / Historical
Joseph Addison (1672–1719) was a writer and politician.
William Congreve (1670–1729) was a playwright and poet.
Matthew Prior (1664–1721) was a poet and diplomat.
John Dryden (1631–1700) was a poet, playwright, and critic.
John Theophilus Desaguliers (1683–1744) was a natural philosopher and engineer.
Alexander Pope (1688–1744) was a poet.
Other Finding Aids
Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 29558.
Henry Gough received this manuscript (cf. fol. 87) from miss Elizabeth Mansel, a note by whom, written in 1812, is at fol. 88.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented by Henry Gough, esq., of Redhill, in Dec. 1884.
7 7/8 × 5 3/4 in.
- Addison | Joseph | 1672-1719 | poet and statesman (Person)
- Congreve | William | 1670-1729 | Dramatist (Person)
- Prior | Matthew | 1664-1721 | poet and diplomat (Person)
- Dryden | John | 1631-1700 | poet, playwright, and critic (Person)
- Desaguliers | John Theophilus | 1683-1744 | natural philosopher and engineer (Person)
- Pope | Alexander | 1688-1744 | poet (Person)
- Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose, chiefly in English, some of which are printed in Dryden's 'Miscellany Poems'
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