The collection contains papers of the Horne family intended for family consumption, rather than for publication. Much of the collection consists of manuscript notebooks, mainly in the hands of George and Felicia Horne, but with some passages in the hand of Sarah Horne and one, apparently, in that of Maria Horne. Since Mrs. Horne recorded, copied and extracted some of her husband's writings, in addition to producing her own, it is not always possible to determine which items were composed by George Horne and which were the work of his wife.
A. 4 notebooks, all in the hand of George Horne, 1753-1790. They are part of what was once a much large collection of books of 'Meditations' composed by Horne.
B. 8 volumes of commonplace books, all in the hand of George Horne. Not all are dated, but those that are cover the years 1772-1790. In general they contain notes and extracts from printed works, together with anecdotes from Horne's life and tales heard from friends.
C. 2 notebooks in George Horne's hand, which may belong to the group of volumes in 8134/B. The first is headed (p.1) 'Hints for the Miscellany', but the second has no title.
D-F. 3 notebooks in George Horne's hand.
G. 3 notebooks in the hand of Mrs. Horne, containing extracts from George Horne's notebooks and letters.
H. 2 notebooks, alleged to contain extracts from the writings of George Horne. These were copied mainly by Sarah Horne (Mrs Hole), although H/1, pp. 31-77, is probably in the hand of her sister Maria. H/1 contains a number of hymns, as well as extracts from the Life of Bishop (John) Jebb (1775-1833); it is unlikely much, if any, of the contents were actually the work of George Horne. The second volume contains a copy of a sermon, composed either by George Horne or by Sarah's son, the Rev. George Hole. Both notebooks may relate to George Hole, rather than to Horne.
I. 7 notebooks, mainly in the hand of Mrs. Horne, containing her prayers and meditations, together with extracts and notes from books which she had read.
J-N. 5 bundles of papers. J contains items collected by Mrs. Horne. K contains letters to Sarah Horne (Mrs Hole) and members of the famiy. L-N are miscellaneous groups of papers relating to the Hornes. Of particular interest in these sections are the six letters from Hannah More to Sarah Hole, her former pupil (K/8-13). Also featured briefly are the Rev. William Jones of Nayland (1726-1800), friend and chaplain of George Horne (J/31; N/12 and 13), and the Rev. Benjamin Kennicott (1718-1783), Hebrew scholar and friend of the Hornes (K/7). There are also two short literary pieces and a fragment of a letter in the hand of Philip Burton, father of Mrs. Horne (J/23; L/13; N/1), as well as numerous prayers and pious reflections in what appears to be the hand of Dorothea Smyth, a relative or friend of the Burtons (I/1a-h; J/24-34; L/19; N/10).