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Commonplace Book

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8797

Scope and Contents

The volume contains extracts, taken mostly from the Morning post, 1806-1812. One extract is marked 'William Withall scripsit Aged 15 Years', and another is marked with his name. The subject matter includes the death of William Pitt; a description of Sutton, Bedfordshire; poems, including 'The modern Goth' by H.B.M. on Gothic/Classical architecture; a Song on Pitt's birthday by George Canning; 'An Address to England on Lord Nelson's death' by Thomas Fitzgerald; 'Wellington's triumph,&Portugal relieved' by William Thomas Fitzgerald; 'Riddle by the late Mr. Fox'; the death of Nelson; the assault on Buenos Aires, 1807; obituaries, including Abraham Newland and 'Mr. Perkis, who was born blind'; and the death of Charles James Fox. There are also newscuttings, 1796 and 1813-1833, covering Mr. Pitt's monument, 1813; the Lord Mayor's dinner, 1824; the Westminster election, 1796; George Canning's Budget speech, 1827; the Merchant Taylors Dinner, 1827, where Peel was admitted as a Freeman; the Pitt Club Anniversary Dinner, 1827; and an action for trespass, Sir Charles Burrell v. Parish of St. Margaret's Westminster, 1833.


  • 1796-1833

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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased 1989

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