Collection of poems and songs, most of them apparently by Frederick Forrest or Theodosius Forrest, together with a play, a list of books from a library, and cuttings of published poems

Scope and Content

Following three blank leaves, contents are f.4r-v: poem, "Merit advanced, inscribed to Fredk. Forrest Esq." signed "T.S." or "T.F." (perhaps Theodosius Forrest); ff.5r-46r (versos blank): "The country attorney. A musical farce of one act", including sixteen songs; ff.47r-75v: twenty-four poems, several attributed to Frederick Forrest and some dated, four being incomplete because of missing leaves between ff.51 and 52 and ff.56 and 57; ff.76v-79r: prose story; ff.81v-90r: catalogue of drawings and books left by Frederick Forrest to Mrs Ewart; ff.94r-99r (versos blank): cuttings of poems, some attributed to Forrest, pasted in. A separate leaf, f.103, is loosely inserted, with two poems and an epitaph on Thomas Chatterton, 1786.

Administrative / Biographical History

The compiler of the manuscript is unknown. Frederick Forrest was the brother of Theodosius Forrest, the lawyer, amateur artist, and songwriter who wrote "The Roast Beef of Old England" (see David Eley, "Poems, Songs and Translations by Theodosius Forrest", University of Leeds M.A. dissertation, 1985).

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's, August 1985


In English

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database

Custodial History

Sarah Ewart, daugther of Frederick Forrest