Manuscript poem written by an unknown author, entitled 'Moderation Reviv'd', c. 1712

Scope and Content

The manuscript is a satirical poem in two verses (3, 10 lines) entitled 'Moderation Reviv'd'. The subject matter is an attack on the war policy of Robert Harley and the Whigs. It begins: 'Ah purblind Whiggs to say that Moderation/Is like your silver, laid by and out of Fashion'.

Administrative / Biographical History

The authorship of the poem, and the origin of this copy, are unknown. The content, an attack on the policies of the whig Robert Harley (1661-1724), 1st Earl of Oxford, puts its date of composition sometime beteween the negotiations to end war in 1711 and the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht, on 31 March 1713. It has been suggested that poet John Arbuthnot (1667-1735) may have been its author, as he was active in his opposition to the war policy of the Whigs, but it could also be the work of one of a number of satirical wits active at the time.


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Custodial History

The manuscript was acquired by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in January 2002.

Related Material

Papers of the Harley Family, 1602-1738, in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection (Pw2 Hy)