Letter from 'Buff' to 'Marquis', by James Thomson

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt q 67
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      2 ff. conjoined, manuscript. Autograph manuscript. On f.2v there is an early endorsement in a different hand from that of the main text which reads 'From Thomson to Mrs Robertson's Dog Marquis'.

Scope and Content

Autograph prose letter, dated 7 December 1742, ostensibly from Thomson's dog Buff to another named Marquis, the pet of Mrs Mary Robertson, giving advice about canine conduct and morals. The letter appears to be an echo of Thomson's friend Alexander Pope's "Bounce to Fop".

Administrative / Biographical History

James Thomson (1700-1748) the Scottish poet and dramatist. For fuller details of his life and literary achievements see the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Purchased from Quaritch on 6 April 1998.


In English.