Essays and poems by William Thomson

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 65
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      1 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

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Thomson was evidently a religious writer. Nothing is recorded about his life.

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Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Bertram Rota, August 1983


In English

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The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database