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MS. 40 Poems (2)

(old shelfmark **A. 40) 

Author:Thomas Ansell (d. 1766)
Language:English and Latin
Date:18th c., 1764 – 1766 (internal evidence)
Material:Paper. Watermark: watermarks; GR, crowned; Britannia, with wheat sheaf, within palisade, motto PRO P[ATRIA] [. . . .] to right (ca. 90 x 95 mm). This watermark also occurs in Trinity Hall MS 31, 52 and Cambridge, Trinity College, MS B.16.45
Physical Description:i paper flyleaf + 170 pages, 190 x 155 (ca. 165 x 150) mm, 18 -19 verse lines, unruled
Rubric:Sophronia to Charlotte on the death of Eusebia
Incipit:If aught may sooth sincerity of grief
2o folio:Her beauty striking
Explicit:Vitae suda quies invenienda domi. T.A.
Contents:pp. 1 168, Thomas Ansell, Poems; pp. 169 – lower pastedown, 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 39)
Binding:18th c., laced cased, stiffened parchment over paste boards
Notes:Most poems are initialled, some have place and date of composition; note added if poem published. Numerous corrections and annotations in same hand. 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 MS 39.

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