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William Cowper: Notes on Dreams

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6755

Scope and Contents

Notes on dreams experienced and voices heard, 15 Nov. 1797 - 23 Apr. 1799, in the hand of John Johnson of East Dereham, 108 folios. Fos 52-106 and the verso throughout are blank.


  • 1797-1799


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The MS was lent by the owner, F. Payne of Ashgate, near Chesterfield, to Charles Sayle in April 1917 (see MS.Add.4251, no. 1075). It was apparently allowed to remain in the Library, where it was found in 1934.

Existence and Location of Copies

Cambridge University Library holds a transcript of the MS made by T.R. Glover, MS.Add.5993.


For an account of the contents of the MS see H.N. Fairchild, 'Additional notes on John Johnson's diary', in Proceedings of the Modern Language Association of America, 43 (1928), pp. 571-572. Fairchild had seen only Glover's transcript, the whereabouts of the original being then unknown.
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