The sketch book contains prose, caricatures and student notes. The first complete item in thevolume appears to be a critical piece about Rev. Young who, with Henry Fielding, translated 'Plutus,the God of Riches: A Comedy by Aristophanes' from the original Greek in 1742. This piece appears todate from the middle of the 18th century and is therefore contemporary with the volume itself whichhas 'Y-Z' tooled on the spine.
The rest of the volume's contents are later, probably 19th century. These items include sketches,caricatures and doodles depicting family life, townscapes, paddle steamers and people. Speechbubbles are sometimes employed with caricatures. Occasional passages of text between the sketchesinclude student notes, fragments of children's stories and plays.