John Marsh: Diaries

Scope and Content

Transcripts made by Marsh's son Edward of his father's diaries, which Marsh had started to write in 1765, with some loose notes describing particular volumes. Nos. 1-3 are missing.

No.4 1768-1770 (pp.273-368); No.5 1770-1773 (pp.369-460); No.6 1773-1776 (pp.461-556); No.7 1776-1779 (pp.557-648); No.8 1779-1781 (pp.649-740); No.9 1781-1783 (pp.741-836); No.10 1783-1785 (pp.837-932); No.11 1785-1787 (pp.933-1024); No.12 1787-1790 (pp.1025-1112); No.13 1790-1794 (pp.1113-1204); No.14 1794-1799 (pp.1205-1300); No.15 1799-1803 (pp.1301-1408); No.16 1803-1809 (pp.1409-1512); No.17 1809-1815 (pp.1513-1620); No.18 1815-1821 (pp.1621-1716); No.19 1821-1825 (pp.1717-1812); No.20 1825-1828 (pp.1813-1868).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Marsh (1752-1828) was born at Dorking, Surrey. He was trained as a solicitor, but made his name as an amateur composer and performer. He was the leader of local bands, and served as a deputy for organists in cathedrals and churches. His works include A Short Introduction to the Theory of Harmonics (London, 1809), Rudiments of Thorough Bass (London, undated), and Hints to Young Composers (London, undated). He composed Twenty-four new Chants in four Parts, and edited The Cathedral Chant-Book, and a Collection of the most popular Psalm-Tunes, with a few Hymns and easy Anthems (London, undated). He died in Chichester in 1828.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Puchased 1966.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was composed with reference to the entry on Marsh in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. XII, pp. 1100-1101 (London, 1909).

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Alternative Form Available

Microfilms of the complete set of diaries are kept at West Sussex County Record Office, Chichester.

Additional Information

The original diaries are held at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.