Additional Manuscripts 420. - 429.
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Catalogue

Reference code: GB-0033-ADD
Title: Additional Manuscripts 420. - 429.
Dates of creation: 1780s-1810s.
Extent: 3 boxes
Origination: Wolcott, John, 1738-1819
Language: English

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Sale catalogue description: "A mass of unpublished holograph MSS. An extremely large collection of MSS. including many hundreds of unpublished poems, tales, satires etc. There are separate folders of “Poems & Hymns for Young Folks”, “Tales & Fables”, “Madrigals”, “Sacred Poems by Dr Wolcot”, “Anacreontics”, “New and Old Ballads Composed for Queen Elizabeth”.
John Wolcot 1738-1819 who wrote under the pseudonym of Peter Pindar was ordained in 1769 but abandoned the church and in 1789 went to London where he commenced writing satires. He is perhaps best known for his “Bozzi and Piozzi” but made further attacks on Boswell and other literary figures of the time. His ballads were admired for their surprising touches of tenderness. This collection has remained for thirty years in the hands of an owner of a private press, who contemplated publishing the material but was overwhelmed by the size of the collection: it is of obvious interest for the student of 18th century literature."

Accession details

Bought from G.F. Sims, Catalogue 22, item 123, £30.
Summary catalogue of Additional Manuscripts

Catalogue

Peter Pindar Manuscripts
Reference: Add. MSS. 420. - 429
Add. MSS. 420   1798-1805
“Anacreontics”, John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript, some pages in hand of an amanuensis: (Plymouth).
42ff.
Size: 16x11cm.
Add. MSS. 421   1783 ? - 1807
“Cantab & Poet, a dialogue”, with other poems , John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript.
270ff.
Size: 19x16cm, etc.
Add. MSS. 422   1802-4
“For young folks”, John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript.
17ff.
Size: 20x12cm.
Add. MSS. 423    No date
“For young folks, in imitation of Watts' Moral songs”, John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript, some pieces in the hand of an amanuensis.
107ff.
Size: 17x10cm.
Add. MSS. 424   1801-11
“Glees”, John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript, some pages in the hand of an amanuensis.
45ff.
Size: 18x15cm.
Add. MSS. 425   1790-1813
“Madrigals”, John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript, some pages in the hand of an amanuensis.
45ff.
Size: 20x15cm, etc.
Add. MSS. 426   1797-1800
“New-old ballads composed for Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary of Scotland, Lord Surrey, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Fulke Greville, &c. by P. Pindar Esq.”, [John Wolcot].
Author's manuscript.
Some of the pieces are genuinely by old authors; one or two are in a different hand, a considerable number bear dates and places.
120ff.
Size: 19x12cm etc.
Add. MSS. 427    No date
“Poems & hymns for young folks”, John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript, some pages in the hand of an amanuensis.
61ff.
Size: 18x11cm, etc.
Add. MSS. 428    No date
“Sacred poems”, John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript, some pages in the hand of an amanuensis.
30ff.
Size: 16x12cm, etc.
Add. MSS. 429    No date
“Tales & fables for young folks”, John Wolcot.
Author's manuscript.
37ff.
Size: 19x15cm, etc.