Comprises Wroth's prose "Declaracion of the life sicknes and death of his dearest and most beloved wife" (ff.1r-3r), followed by his poetic "Sad encomion upon his dearest consorte Dame Margaret Wrothe whoe dyed of a fever at Petherton Parcke in the County of Somerset about midnight of the 14 daye of October 1635" (ff.3r-4v).
Declaracion, and Sad encomion, by Sir Thomas Wroth
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- ReferenceGB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt q 34
- Dates of Creation1635
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description6 ff. Both items are within a small, formerly folded booklet, endorsed "For Sir Nathaniell Rich" (f.6v). The "Declaracion" is in the hand of an amanuensis, with corrections by Wroth; the "Sad encomion" is autograph.
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Administrative / Biographical History
Sir Thomas Wroth, 1584-1672, was a writer and parliamentarian. He married Margaret, daughter of Richard Rich, and sister of Sir Nathaniel Rich. For a full account of his life, see the entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.
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Purchased at Sotheby, 29 October 1975 (Lot 151)
Other Finding Aids
The poem is indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html
Originally owned by Sir Nathaniel Rich
The "Declaracion" was published by Michael Brennan in English Manuscript Studies, 2 (1990), 269-82.
A photocopy of the published version of the "Sad Encomion" (1635) is kept with the manuscript