Collection of religious prose and verse in a single hand, probably all composed by Thomson and in his autograph. Includes: f.2r-v: prose piece beginning "The papist and Quaker agree..."; ff.3r-34v: two prose pieces of spiritual autobiography, signed "W T 1648" and "Willm Thomson 1629" respectively; ff.35r-43r: three poems, the first signed by Thomson 1633 and the third 1634; f.44r-77v: five theological essays or commentaries in prose, the first signed by Thomson 1654, the third entitled "What a libertyne is" and the fifth, "The sacrement explained", referring to Latimer, Ridley and Ralph Allerton.
Essays and poems by William Thomson
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 65
- Dates of Creation1629-1654
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 vol. (78 ff.); Blank leaves: f.1 (except for brief note on recto), f.40v, f.43v, f.55v, f.78. Stubs of removed leaves between ff.44-45 and 72-73, text being continuous. In ink, in a single secretary hand throughout, margins ruled. Bound (in 8s) in contemporary calf, blind stamped with design including initials "W T" on front and back, traces of missing clasps.
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
William Thomson was evidently a religious writer. Nothing is recorded about his life.
Conditions Governing Access
Access is unrestricted
Purchased from Bertram Rota, August 1983
Other Finding Aids
The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html