Volume containing manuscripts of Crabbe's poems, The Flowers of the Spring, The Sisters, To Lady Jersey and La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The volume is entitled: Jane, and Lucy, and other Poems by George Crabbe, M.A., 1817 (on folio 2, facing which is an engraving of the Phillips portrait). It comprises:
- (a) folios 3-4: [The Flowers of the Spring] begins The Crocus new expanded mourns, two drafts (folios 3-3v and 4), with numerous emendations, headed March 1817. Printed from this manuscript by Adolphus William Ward in George Crabbe: Poems, 3 volumes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1905-7), vol. 3 , p. 508, who does not, however, note the emendations;
- (b) folios 4v-9v: a draft, with numerous emendations, of lines 196-254 (folios 4v-5v, headed Bath, April 1817) and 33-195 (folios 5v-9v, headed Jane and Lucy) of The Sisters (Book VIII of Tales of the Hall). Cf. Ward, op. cit., vol. 3, pp. 396-401 and 492-4; Ward's claim to note the variants cited in this draft can hardly be substantiated, as he fails to record most of them;
- (c) folio 10: To Lady Jersey, March 4, 1814, begins Of all the Subjects poetry commands. Cf. Ward, op. cit., vol. 3, p. 435; he only notes some of the emendations;
- (d) folio 10v: [La Belle Dame Sans Merci], begins And prophecied [sic] of years to come. Printed from this manuscript by Ward, op. cit., vol. 3, p. 509;
- (e) folios 13-33: proof and other engravings of illustrations by Henry Corbould (9), Richard Westall (1), and Clarkson Stanfield (1) to editions of Crabbe's Poems.