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'.
Thomas Barker: Verse Commonplace Book
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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.
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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.
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The volume belonged to F.W. Cosens, The Shelleys, Lewes. It was acquired from J.W. Jarvis by Francis Jenkinson, Cambridge University Librarian.