Manuscripts, English -- 19th century. Codices. Commonplace books -- England -- 19th century. Drawings. Elegies. Engravings. Epitaphs. Lists. Poems. Recipes.
Comprises poetry by John Francis Rogers, plus poems by Alexander Pope, Tobias Smollet, Thomas Gray, Thomas Moore, Robert Bloomfield, Ben Jonson and many others, some copied from magazines. Poetry consists of odes, sonnets, humorous verse, songs, glees, and elegies -- including several for Vice Admiral Lord Nelson by J. F. Rogers and by Charles James Fox and for "Koscuisko, the Polish Patriot." In addition are "Indian War Song," "Indian Funeral Song," "Negro Song" by J. F. Rogers, "The Negro Song by the Duchess of Devonshire," and "The Rev'd Thomas Smith's imitation of The Negro Song." Also includes chronologies; lists related to English naval history (the Battle of the Nile); tables of weights and measures; calendars; geography; astronomy (future eclipses and description of the planets); instructions for making a kaleidoscope; "Bounapartes cypher" (p. 38) and several other examples of secret writing and cryptography; epitaphs; and copies of autographs of famous people (some copied from documents in the British Museum). Also includes a few culinary recipes for ginger ale, ginger beer, and instructions to roast larks; medical recipes for illnesses such as ague, scurvy, putrid fever, typhus, coughs, colds, warts, corns, etc. and chemical recipes for "Instantaneous Light," a "Metallic Tree," "Theatrical Fire," and for household use. Newspaper clippings and a printed excerpt from The British Minstrel titled "The Elder Brother" are tipped in between numbered manuscript pages. Illustrated with pen, ink, and pencil drawings of St. Peter's Cathedral, Gloucester; St. Paul's Cathedral, London; and the Fortune Theatre in Golden Lane; plus one engraving from The British Minstrel.