Commonplace book containing poetry, [circa 1778-1787].


Commonplace book containing poetry, [circa 1778-1787].

Commonplace book containing poetry, [circa 1778-1787].

Volume containing manuscript and printed copies of occasional, sentimental and satirical verse, most by contemporary writers, including Samuel Johnson, Charles Hanbury Williams, and Peter Pindar. There are many prologues, epilogues, addresses, and other theater-related poems, including "On Sitting at the Royalty Theater with a Young Lady About to Return to St. Kitts;" society verses addressed to or describing visitors at Bath, Scarborough and Cheltenham; and commentaries on the trial of Warren Hastings. The volume also includes charades, riddles and lyrics. A title index opens the volume and continues on its final pages.

1 v. (circa 180 p.) ; 22 cm.

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Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818 (person)

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Pindar, Peter, 1738-1819 (person)

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