Verse Miscellany

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 662
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [c 1780]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      196 x 161 mm. 1 volume (185 folios); Binding: original full-parchment binding over boards.

Scope and Content

Volume of miscellaneous verse, by various authors including David Garrick (1717-1779), George Keate (1729-1797) and William Dunkin (1706/7-1765), often of a humorous or satirical nature. Verses include:

  • Petition of the Fools to Jupiter, a fable supposed to be written by D[avid] Garrick esq. addressed to the Earl of Chesterfield;
  • The Present Age, 1775, by the late Dr [William] Dunkin;
  • Verse by George Keate [?], Hackney School, c 1780, which opens: here lies an head that often ached.
Information on Garrick and Keate can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The verses are sometimes sourced and dated, ranging from the mid 18th century to 1780.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the John Rylands Library by Dr Moses Tyson in August 1931.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan and Jo Humpleby, project archivists.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928-35 (English MS 662).

Custodial History

Bookplate of Lady F. Sandys.

Related Material

The JRUL also holds a manuscript of David Garrick's first play, Lethe, or Aesop in the Shades, A play in two acts (GB 133 Eng MS 57).