A collection of English verse, predominantly in a single hand and probably autograph, with numerous pages cut out; bound with a prose epitaph for Theodosius Forrest. Begins f.1r: "Poems. Songs and translations &c. by T.F.", with note "Mrs Ewart 2 Bennett Street" in another hand; f.2r-v: index to pages numbered 36-97, the rest of the index being missing; ff.4r-54r: text in ink in Forrest's hand of 51 poems, some being dated from 1743 to 1772, one incomplete. F.20v bears note only: "J. Bun 1775" and f.48r has traces only of press cutting, removed. Poem in pencil in Forrest's hand on f.54v; ff.56v-59v: biographical notes on Forrest in ink in another hand, possibly based on Gentleman's Magazine, 1784, p.877.
Poems, songs and translations etc., by T. F.
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- ReferenceGB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 64
- Dates of Creation1770-1779
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 vol. (84 ff.) Pages bearing text of poems are numbered, some being written on rectos only; blank leaves and versos are unnumbered. Bound in contemporary calf, marbled boards.
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Administrative / Biographical History
Theodosius Forrest, a lawyer, was an amateur artist, songwriter and poet, and a friend of Hogarth and Garrick. He wrote the well-known "The Roast Beef of Old England". There is a short account of his life in the Dictionary of National Biography, but see especially David Eley, "Poems, Songs and Translations by Theodosius Forrest", University of Leeds M.A. dissertation, 1985.
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Purchased at Sotheby's sale, 8 December 1983, lot 46
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Indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html
The manuscript is edited in David Eley, "Poems, Songs and Translations by Theodosius Forrest", University of Leeds M.A. dissertation, 1985