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MS. 39 Poems (1)

(old shelfmark **A.39) 

Author:Thomas Ansell (d. 1766)
Language:English and Latin
Date:18th c., 1764 – 1766 (internal evidence)
Material:Paper. Watermark: crowned shield with fleur-des-lys, LVG and ‘4’ merchant mark below (ca. 65 mm wide). Same watermark occurs in Trinity Hall MS 23 and possibly in MS 41
Physical Description:i paper flyleaf + 180 pages (paginated 1 – 143, 143 (repeated) – 169, remainder unpaginated) + I paper flyleaf, 230 x 190 (ca. 190 – 205 x ca. 190) mm, 17 – 21 verse lines, unruled
Rubric:On the tide of the Thames ending at Twick’nam
Incipit:The gentle Thames, rich Ocean’s fairest son
2o folio:To the Right Hon. Lord Viscount L – d – e (Lansdowne)
Explicit:Since Alma Mater wears a double-tongue
Contents:pp. 1 – 169, Thomas Ansell, Poems; pp. 176 – 179, Index
Script:Formal mixed hand
Provenance:Assumed to be in Ansell’s hand (see Notes); Ansell Bullock-Webster (descendent of Thomas Ansell) of ‘San Remo’, Malvern, Worces.; his gift to Trinity Hall, 1912 (letter to the Master, Edward Anthony Beck, (d. 1916) pasted into MS)
Binding:18th c., laced cased, stiffened parchment (over paste boards?)
Notes:All poems are initialled, some have place and date of composition; note added if poem published. Assumed to be in Ansell’s hand because of annotations in MS 40. Ansell was admitted to Trinity Hall as a student in 1738, and elected a Fellow in 1747. Notes about Ansell, taken from the Admissions Register in Trinity Hall archives, written by Beck on first flyleaf.

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