Thomas Barker: Verse Commonplace Book

Scope and Content

Verse commonplace book kept by Thomas Barker, 52 folios. The book begins with poems, including 'Quaestio Henrici Hubbard 1733' (fo. 26) and 'Upon Bob Leak' (fos 27-28). On fos 32-48 is 'The Manners of ye Age in 13 Moral Satirs. Lond: 1733', presumably a copy of the printed work of this title. On fos 49-52, entered from the other end of the book, are extracts from Vanbrugh's plays headed 'The Cream of Poetry'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Barker (1693-1774), son of Robert Barker, rector of Cherry Burton, matriculated at Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1729 (B.A., 1733; M.A., 1740). He was ordained in 1735, and became rector of Leven, Yorkshire, in 1737, and rector of Cherry Burton, 1740-1774. He died in August 1774.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Francis Jenkinson, 1923.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Barker in John Venn and J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part I, Vol. I, (Cambridge University Press, 1922), p. 87.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The volume belonged to F.W. Cosens, The Shelleys, Lewes. It was acquired from J.W. Jarvis by Francis Jenkinson, Cambridge University Librarian.

Related Material

The poems on fos 2-23, none of whose authors are named, are all included in MS.Add.6374.