William Congreve (1670–1729)

Verse

Absence (‘Ah! what Pains, what racking Thoughts he proves’)

See CgW 37-38.

Amoret (‘Fair Amoret is gone astray’)

See CgW 11-21.

A Ballad on the Victory at Oudenarde (‘Ye Commons and Peers’)

See Introduction.

A Complaint to Pious Selinda

See CgW 4.

Doris (‘Doris, a Nymph of ripe Age’)

First published in Works (London, 1710). Summers, IV, 142-3. Dobrée, pp. 285-7. McKenzie, II, 370-1.

CgW 1

Copy of lines 49-64, headed ‘Character of a Jilt’ and beginning ‘Peculiar therefore is her Way’.

In: A quarto commonplace book of verse extracts, 340 pages (including blanks), in a small neat hand. Mid-18th century.

Yale, Osborn MS c 144, p. 110.

CgW 1.5

Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, in three hands, written from both ends, 342 pages (pp. 108-302 blanks), in contemporary boards. c.1730s.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt 9, pp. 54-6.

The Eleventh Satyr of Juvenal (‘If Noble Atticus makes plenteous Feasts’)

First published in John Dryden, The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis (London, 1693 [i.e. 1692]). Summers, IV, 10-22. Dobrée, pp. 254-69. McKenzie, II, 337-47.

CgW 2

Copy in: A folio composite volume of verse, in various hands, i + 250 leaves. Collected by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729). Some pages in the hand of Richard Rawlinson.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 152, ff. 10r-15r.

CgW 2.5

Copy in: Transcript of The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis, together with the Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus (London, ‘1693’ [i.e. 1692]), without the prefatory matter, in a single neat hand, 364 quarto pages, in contemporary calf. c.1700.

Bookplates of Johannes Winckley, of Preston, and of F.W. Cosens, FSA (1819-89), of Clapham Park, book collector. Bought in Calcutta in 1843 by Alexander Gardyne (1801-85), author. Sotheby's, 1889 (Gardyne sale), lot 0000. Booklabel of the John Dryden Collection formed by Percy J. Dobell (1876-1956), bookseller.

Folger, MS V.a.224, pp. 145-58.

Epilogue [to ‘The Way of the World’] Spoken by Mrs. Bracegirdle (‘After our Epilogue this Crowd dismisses’)

First published in The Way of the World (London, 1700). Summers, III, 78. Davis, p. 479. McKenzie, II, 224-5.

CgW 3

Copy, in a professional rounded hand, on two pages in a pair of conjugate folio leaves, possibly once folded as a letter or packet. c.1700.

In: A folio guardbook of verse MSS, in various hands and paper sizes, including (ff. 1r-9r) a quarto booklet of sixteen poems by Donne in a single neat italic hand, 54 leaves, in modern brown morocco gilt. c.1620-33.

Among papers of the Herbert family, of Powis Castle, including particularly papers of Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1582?-1648). Acquired in 1916.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Herbert MS’: DnJ Δ 56.

National Library of Wales, NLW MS 5308 E, ff. 44v-5r.

‘Faded Delia moues Compassion’

Four untitled quatrains. First published in D. F. McKenzie, ‘A New Congreve Literary Autograph’, Bodleian Library Record, 15/4 (April 1996), 292-9. McKenzie, Works, II, 466.

*CgW 3.5

Autograph MS, with revisions in line 11, on one side of a single quarto leaf, once folded as a letter or packet. c.1693-4.

Once owned by James Baker. Sotheby's, 26 May 1855, lot 16, to Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-85), first Baron Houghton, author and politician. Christie's, 29 June 1995, lot 327.

Edited from this MS and discussed in McKenzie. Facsimile in his article ‘Another Congreve Autograph Poem for the Bodleian’, Bodleian Library Record, 16/5 (April 1999), 399-410 (p. 402).

Bodleian, MS Don. d. 197.

‘False tho you've been to me & Love’

A version of the first eight lines first published, as the last two stanzas of ‘The Reconciliation’, in Works (London, 1710). Summers, IV, 141. Dobrée, p. 241. McKenzie, II, 322. The 16-line version first published in Hodges, Man (1941), p. 88 (with the suggested title ‘A Complaint to Pious Selinda’).

CgW 4

Autograph draft of a 16-line version, with revisions, on a single octavo leaf.

Later owned by Roger W. Barrett, Chicago lawyer. Simon Finch, Rare books Ltd, sale catalogue (1998), item 29, with facsimile.

Edited from this MS in Hodges, Man, p. 88 (with a facsimile following). Facsimiles also in IELM, II.i (1987), Facsimile VII, and in DLB, vol. 84, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Dramatists. Second Series, ed. Paula R. Backscheider (Detroit, 1989), p. 77. Edited and discussed, with a facsimile, in D.F. McKenzie, ‘Another Congreve Autograph Poem for the Bodleian’, Bodleian Library Record, 16/5 (April 1999), 399-410.

Bodleian, MS Don. d. 205.

Horace, Lib. II. Ode 14. Imitated by Mr. Congreve (‘Ah! No, 'tis all in vain, believe me 'tis’)

First published in Charles Gildon, Miscellany Poems upon Several Occasions (London, 1692). Examen Poeticum…The Third Part of Miscellany Poems [by John Dryden et al.] (London, 1693). Summers, IV, 3-4. Dobrée, pp. 235-7. McKenzie, II, 315-17.

CgW 5

Copy in: A quarto composite miscellany of verse and prose, in English and Latin, in several hands, 11 + 109 leaves. Early-mid-18th century.

Owned in 1812 by Miss Elizabeth Mansel. Given to Henry Gough, of Redhill, who presented it to the Bodleian in December 1884.

Bodleian, MS Add. B. 105, ff. 23r-5r.

CgW 6

Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, 153 leaves. Early 18th century.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 1095, f. 124r-v.

CgW 7

Copy in: A folio verse miscellany, entitled ‘The Muse's Magazine, or Poeticall Miscelanies, in two parts’, in a single hand, 189 leaves. Including 27 poems by Cowley; eleven poems by Katherine Philips, evidently derived from printed sources; 10 poems by Rochester, as well as apocryphal items; twelve poems by Sedley, plus one of doubtful authorship; and 15 poems by Waller, evidently derived from printed sources. Early 18th century.

A note on a flyleaf relating to the bookseller John Dunton (1659-1733): ‘John Dunton His Book, for which Mr. Corbet at ye Addisons Head, accepted One Half Guinea in full Payment for it, as Witness my Hand, Hannah Rakley’. A note on f. 1: ‘Since I had transcrib'd this whole Book, I met with some state Poems of these later times, mostly since K. George's Accession to the Crown [1714] which I have here inserted, as a supplement to these state Poems which make a part of this Collection by themselves’. Date at the end of the volume: ‘1718’, and some notes on a flyleaf dated ‘1724’.

The ‘Mr. Corbet’ from whom Dunton purchased this MS was evidently the bookseller Thomas Corbett (fl. 1705-43), who ran his business at the Addison's Head, next to the Rose Tavern, without Temple Bar, from 1719 until his death in 1743. Neither Dunton nor Corbett are known to have used this MS for publication purposes.

Cited in IELM, II.ii (1993), as the ‘Dunton MS’: PsK Δ 8; RoJ Δ 4; SeC Δ 1; WaE Δ 10.

For John Dunton's career, see Stephen Parks, John Dunton and the English Book Trade: A Study of His Career with a Checklist of His Publications (New York & London, 1970).

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 173, f. 30r-v.

CgW 8

Copy in: A folio volume of 124 poems by Charles Cotton (with second copies of three poems), including a few poems by others, 258 pages. Including a commendatory poem by Ralph Rawson (pp. 1-3), two poems by Thomas Bancroft (pp. 99, 182-3) and a poem by Edmund Waller (WaE 492), also with three poems by others added at a later date at the end (pp. 248-54). An inscription in Greek capital letters and Latin, incorporating a Latin couplet, on p. 4, is in Cotton's hand (see CnC 108) addressed apparently to the principal scribe of the manuscript, one ‘Posthumus’, who is described as copying poems at Cotton's dictation (‘…tibi versiculos recito, Tu Posthume, scribis…sunt tua scripta…’). The poems are written in several hands over a considerable period. Cotton's amanuensis (‘Posthumus’) appears on pp. 1-3, 5-107 (pp. 86-107 in a less formal style), corrections in Cotton's autograph appearing notably on pp. 34 and 39. Unidentified Amanuensis A is on pp. 107-40; Amanuensis B on pp. 140-73, 182-8; Amanuensis C (viz. almost certainly William Fitzherbert) on p. 155 (last stanza), 173-81, 188-98, 216, 217-45 (the signature ‘WF’ and date ‘1660’ appearing on p. 216 and the signature ‘WF’, the inscription ‘Vivat Poeta’ and date ‘Jan. 14 1666’ on p. 244); Amanuensis D on pp. 199-216; and Amanuensis E on p. 210 (two stanzas only). Three further hands (F, G, H) are responsible for poems by the Earl of Dorset (DoC 177), William Congreve (CgW 8) and Colonel Codrington added later, probably in the 1690s, on pp. 248-54. The first of these (by F) is signed on p. 248 ‘C. Port’ (viz. a member of the Porte family of Ilam into which William Fitzherbert's daughter, Mary, married in 1683/4). c.1651-66 [with later additions].

The MS originally contained four further leaves bearing two more poems by Cotton, which are now detached and separately located: see CnC 8 and CnC 17.

Inscriptions and scribbling on the flyleaf and an end-leaf (p. 258) include Cotton's autograph signature ‘Charles Cotton’ written twice and the inscriptions ‘Elizabeth Fitzherbert’; ‘Madam Barterenia’; ‘madam ursenia’; ‘Cathrine Cotton’ (i.e. Cotton's second daughter); ‘Madam M Fitzherbe[rt]’; ‘Frances Fitz:Herbert may ye 23 (8i),’; ‘Mercia Fitzherbert. March ye: 3d: 3d: 1687’; ‘M.B. 1688’; ‘I Port his Booke’; ‘C: Port’; ‘Carolus sine sanguine vicit Laus Deo. 29 May 1660’; ‘Aug 12 [66’; and ‘Mr. D-ell upon my cousin Milwards suit at Staff’. Thus the MS almost certainly came into the hands of the family of Cotton's friend and neighbour William Fitzherbert, of Tissington, Derbyshire, who was evidently Amanuensis C (‘WF’).

The MS also passed through the hands of Ralph Rawson, who inscribed on pp. 1-3 an Ode to his ‘dear and honor'd Patron, Mr. Charles Cotton’. It later passed through Puttick & Simpson's, 1 July 1856, lot 1526; was owned in 1860 by the editor Llewellynn Jewitt (1816-86) and, in 1878, by the eleventh Duke of Devonshire (d.1891). It was at some stage priced by ‘Mr. Pickering’ at ten guineas.

Cited in IELM, II.i (1987) as the ‘Derby MS’. Often erroneously described as being in Cotton's hand throughout, this MS is the collection recorded in Nicolas (1836), I, clxviii & cxcvi. Recorded by Llewellynn Jewitt in The Reliquary, 1 (October 1860), 121, and by Thomas Bateman in ‘Notes on a Few of the Old Libraries of Derbyshire, and their existing remains’, The Reliquary, 1 (January 1861), 167-74 (p. 169). Engraved facsimiles of two pages of the MS, apparently supplied by Jewitt, now in a grangerised exemplum of Cotton's The Wonders of the Peake (1683) prepared by William Bemrose in 1866, in Derby Central Library (9714). A selective transcript of the MS made in the 19th century is in Derby Central Library (9469).

The MS was not known to Beresford in 1923. It was rediscovered and recorded in Ernest M. Turner, ‘Cotton's Poems’, TLS (22 January 1938), p. 60 (and see also Beresford's reply on 29 January). Discussed and described in Turner (1954), pp. 317-34, 430-44 (with facsimiles of two pages); in Chapple, pp. 201-29; in Buxton, passim (with selected collations and some poems edited from the MS); in Parks (with a facsimile of p. 4 of the MS on p. 24; in J.A.V. Chapple, ‘Manuscript Texts of Poems by the Earl of Dorset and William Congreve’, N&Q, 209 (1964), 97-100; and in Alvin I. Dust, ‘The Derby MS Book of Cotton's Poems and “Contentation” Re-Considered’, SB, 37 (1984), 170-80.

This MS discussed and partly collated in J.A.V. Chapple, ‘Manuscript Texts of Poems by the Earl of Dorset and William Congreve’, N&Q, 209 (March 1964), 97-100.

Derby Central Library, fmss 8470, pp. 250-2.

CgW 9

Copy, headed ‘An Imitation of Horace by Mr: Congreve’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, largely in one hand, with additions by others, written from both ends, material at the reverse end dated 1708-9, ii + 114 leaves, in 19th-century half-calf. Inscribed (f. [iir]), probably by the compiler, ‘Ex Libris Georgij Wright [b.1685/6] Sti Johannis Collegis Cantabrigiensis Alumni, Decimo quarto Junij. Annoq. Domini 1703’. c.1703-9.

Also inscribed (f.[iir]) ‘Mrs Frances Wright 1708’. A postal address on f. 95r (rev.) reads: ‘Direct to Margtt Borrett att Mrs. Borretts In Kirkby=stephen Westmoorland p brough bag _ These’.

Recorded in IELM, II.ii, as the Wright MS: WaE Δ 12.

Edinburgh University Library, MS Dc. 3. 76, ff. 53r-4r.

CgW 9.5

Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, in a single hand, 416 pages, in contemporary vellum boards. c.1743-67.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt 45, pp. 386-7.

CgW 9.8

Copy in: An octavo miscellany, in English and Latin, in a single hand, 141 leaves (ff. 124v-41v blank), in contemporary calf. c.1690s.

Bought from P.J. and A.E. Dobell, in 1922, by Reginald L. Hine (1883-1949), solicitor, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 71, ff. 40v-2r.

‘How Happy's the Husband, whose Wife has been try'd’

First published in John Dryden, Love Triumphant. or, Nature will Prevail (London, 1694). Summers, IV, 34. Dobrée, pp. 375-6. McKenzie, II, 462. Musical setting by Henry Purcell published in Thesaurus Musicus, Book II (London, 1694).

CgW 10

Copy in: A quarto miscellany of chiefly amatory verse, in several hands, i + 132 leaves. Partly in Scottish dialect, one poem by ‘mr. W. Turner’. Early 18th century.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 196, ff. 44v-5v.

A Hue and Cry after Fair Amoret (‘Fair Amoret is gone astray’)

First published, in a musical setting by John Eccles and attributed to Congreve, in a broadsheet (1698). Works (London, 1710). Summers, IV, 74. Dobrée, p. 284 (as ‘Amoret’). McKenzie, II, 369.

Also attributed to Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset: see The Poems of Charles Sackville, Sixth Earl of Dorset, ed. Brice Harris (New York and London, 1979), pp. 182-3.

CgW 11

Copy, the poem here dated ‘1696’, inscribed afterwards ‘By E D’ and corrected in another hand.

In: A folio miscellany of poems on affairs of state, in two or more professional hands, 303 leaves, in modern black morocco gilt. In two parts: Part I on ff. 1r-149r (followed by blanks and then an index on ff. 150-1); Part II, on ff. 152-302 (with an addition in another hand on f. 303), entitled A Collection of the most choice and Private Poems, Lampoons &c from the withdrawing of the late King James 1688 to the year 1701 Collected by a Person of Quality. c.1703.

A note of payment (f. 1r) for purchase on 25 March 1703. Owned by Robert Harley, first Earl of Oxford (1661-1724).

Cited in IELM, II.i, as the ‘Harley MS’: MaA Δ 6. Marvell recorded and selectively collated in Margoliouth and in POAS, I and II.

This MS recorded in Harris.

British Library, Harley MS 7315, ff. 243v-4r.

CgW 12

Copy, here dated 1696 and as ‘By: E Dorset’.

In: A large folio composite miscellany of poems generally on affairs of state, in one or more professional hands, 289 leaves, in half crushed morocco on marbled boards. c.1730.

This MS recorded in Harris.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 852, f. 115r.

CgW 13

Copy, subscribed ‘Congreve’.

In: A folio verse miscellany, in possibly two neat rounded hands, 366 pages plus a five-page index, dated at the end ‘Finis August ye. 6th 1717’. 1715-17.

University of Chicago, MS 553, p. 201.

CgW 14

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 9. c.1703-9.

Edinburgh University Library, MS Dc. 3. 76, f. 90v.

CgW 14.5

Copy, in a professional hand, untitled, on a single octavo leaf. c.1690s.

In: An unbound bundle of verse MSS, in various hands.

Among the family archives of Lord Braybrooke, of Audley End, Essex.

Essex Record Office, Chelsmsford, D/DBy Z5, [unnumbered item].

CgW 15

Copy, the poem here dated 1696/7, subscribed ‘By E of Dorset’ (deleted), then in a different ink ‘Mr Congreve’, inscribed at the side ‘Lady Fitzhardys Daughter’.

In: A tall folio miscellany of poems on affairs of state, in professional hands, 257 leaves, in modern calf gilt. In three sections each with its own title-page. Early 1700s.

First section: ‘A Collection of Poems and Lampoons &ca Not yet Printed’.

Second section (f. 102r): ‘A Collection of Choice Poems, Satyrs, & Lampoons From 1672 to 1688 Never printed’.

Third section (f. 146r): ‘A Collection of Poems. From 1688 to 1699. 1703/4’.

This MS recorded in Harris.

Folger, MS M.b.12, ff. 188v-9r.

CgW 16

Copy, the poem here dated 1697, with a note ‘Lady Fitzhardys Daughter’.

In: A folio miscellany of poems on affairs of state, entitled ‘A Collection Of the choicest Poems, Satyrs, and Lampoons from the beginning of the late Revolution in 1688 to 1698’, x + 336 pages plus index. c.1700.

Probably once owned by the Heveningham family. Among the manuscripts of the Coke family, Earls of Leicester, including collections of Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), lawyer and politician.

Recorded in HMC, 9th Report (1883), Appendix.

This MS recorded in Harris.

The Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall, MS 686, pp. 183-4.

CgW 16.5

Copy, headed ‘Amoret’.

In: the MS described under CgW 1.5. c.1730s.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt 9, p. 47.

CgW 17

Copy, headed ‘A hugh and cry after fair Amoret. 1696 By E. D--t’.

In: A folio miscellany of poems on affairs of state, in a single neat hand, entitled ‘A Collection of the most choice and Private Poems, Lampoons &ca. from the withdrawing of the late King James 1688 to the year 1701. Collected by a person of Quality’, 298 pages (plus blanks), in contemporary calf. Early 18th century.

From the library of the Cowper family of Panshanger, Hertfordshire, and possibly once belonging to Sarah Cowper (née Holled, 1644-1720), Lady Cowper, and her husband Sir William Cowper, MP (1639-1706).

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. q. 38, pp. 178-9.

CgW 18

Copy, as ‘By Mr: Congreve’, the poem dated in the margin ‘1696/7’.

In: A folio miscellany of poems on affairs of state, entitled A Collection of Poems and Lampoons &ca Not yet Edited, in a single professional rounded hand (the same as in University of Nottingham, Pw V 42 and University of Nottingham, Pw V 43), 444 pages (plus blanks and an eleven-page index), in contemporary calf. c.1705.

University of Nottingham, Pw V 44, pp. 158-9.

CgW 19

Copy, as ‘By the E. of Dorset’, the poem dated ‘1696’.

In: A tall folio miscellany of poems on affairs of state, in probably a single professional rounded hand, with (ff. 3r-5r) a ‘Table’ of contents, 152 leaves (plus blanks), in contemporary calf. c.early 1700s.

Bookplate of Sir William Augustus Fraser, Bt (1826-98), of Ledeclune and Morar.

This MS recorded in Haris; transcript by G. Thorn-Drury in Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 50, p. 75.

University of Nottingham, Pw V 48, f. 93v.

CgW 20

Copy, untitled, on a single leaf, addressed on the verso ‘To the Right Honourable The Countess of Panmure’ and folded as a letter. c.1720s.

Among papers of the Earl of Dalhousie.

National Archives of Scotland, GD45/26/99/58.

CgW 21

Copy, untitled, with other verses, on one side of a folio leaf, addressed on the verso to ‘The Right Honabl The Earle of Panmure’, folded as a letter, with a black wax seal. c.1720s.

Among papers of the Earl of Dalhousie.

National Archives of Scotland, GD45/26/99/65.

In Imitation of Horace. Ode IX. Lib. I (‘Bless me, 'tis cold! how chill the Air!’)

First published in Charles Gildon, Miscellany Poems (London, 1692). Dobrée, pp. 237-9. McKenzie, II, 318-20.

CgW 21.5

Copy, as ‘By Mr Congreve’.

In: the MS described under CgW 9.8. c.1690s.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 71, ff. 42r-3r.

Jack Frenchman's Lamentation (‘Ye Commons and Peers’)

See Introduction.

The Lamentations of Hecuba, Andromache, and Helen, over the dead Body of Hector (‘Now did the Saffron Morn her beams display’)

First published in Examen Poeticum…The Third Part of Miscellany Poems [by John Dryden et al.] (London, 1693). Summers, IV, 28-32. Dobrée, pp. 228-33. McKenzie, II, 307-12.

CgW 22

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 5. Early-mid-18th century.

Bodleian, MS Add. B. 105, ff. 42r-8v.

CgW 23

Copy in: An octavo miscellany, principally in two hands, written from both ends, 177 pages, in contemporary calf. Compiled by Samuel Estwick (c.1657-1739), minor canon at St Paul's and sacrist and rector of St Helen's, Bishopsgate, London. Inscribed on p. 101 ‘Rob: Fysher Decemb: 30th 1713’. c.1700-1714.

Yale, Osborn MS b 201, pp. 131-8.

Lesbia (‘When Lesbia first I saw so heavn'ly Fair’)

First published in Poetical Miscellanies: The Fifth Part [by John Dryden et al.] (London, 1704). Summers, IV, 79. Dobrée, pp. 284-5. McKenzie, II, 369.

CgW 24

Copy, untitled.

In: A miscellany of verse and prose, entitled Miscellanies, many pages excised. Compiled by one Thomas Phillibrown of London. c.1740-58.

Once owned by J.L. Lawford. Given to the library on 5 October 1901 by Mrs Green, of Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. c. 9, p. 235.

CgW 25

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 13. 1715-17.

University of Chicago, MS 553, p. 200.

CgW 25.5

Copy, headed ‘Song by Mr. Congreve’.

In: A duodecimo verse miscellany, in a largely secretary hand, 222 pages, in calf. c.1705.

Yale, Osborn MS c 189, p. 126.

Letter to Viscount Cobham (‘Sincerest Critick of my Prose, or Rhime’)

First published, as ‘Of Improving the Present Time’, London, 1729. Summers, IV, 177-8. Dobrée, pp. 400-2. McKenzie, II, 486-8.

See also CgW 30.

CgW 26

Copy, in a neat probably professional hand, headed ‘Albi nostrorum Sesmonum Candide Judex &c’, subscribed in a different hand ‘Augst ye 24th 1728’, on three pages of two conjugate folio leaves, endorsed ‘S:B: Augt: 24th:-1728’. c.1728.

In: A tall folio composite volume of verse and miscellaneous papers, in various hands, mounted on guards, 185 leaves, in modern half morocco.

Purchased at H. B. Rays sale, 26 July 1856, lot 1033.

British Library, Add. MS 21544, ff. 15r-16r.

CgW 26.5

Copy, in a neat italic hand, headed ‘Mr Congreve to Lord Cobham 1728.’, on three folio pages. c.1730.

Mullocks Auction Ludlow, 23 August 2007, lot 270.

Photocopies of this MS are in the British Library, RP 9244 (i).

Untraced, [Ludlow MS].

CgW 27

Copy, headed ‘An Epistle from Mr. Congreve at Bath to Lord Cobham at Stowe. Augt. 24. 1728’.

In: A quarto miscellany of poems chiefly on affairs of state, in a single neat rounded hand, including (ff. 126r-9v) a list of contents, 129 leaves, in half brown morocco. Inscribed (f. 1r) ‘The following Collection has been the Employment of some leisure Hours; several of the Pieces have since appear'd in Print...’. c.1730s.

Presented by Edward Gilbertson, 9 May 1885.

British Library, Add. MS 32463, ff. 98v-9v.

CgW 27.5

Copy, in double columns, subscribed ‘sent to my Ld Cobham in a letter from Bath 24 August 1728’, in a letter (ff. 31r-2v) by George Grenville to his brother Richard (who was Lord Cobham's nephew and heir), written from London, 19 March 1728/9.

In: A large square-shaped folio composite volume of letters, in various hands and paper sizes, 188 leaves, mounted on guards. Correspondence of George Grenville (1712-70), Treasurer of the Navy, First Lord of the Admiralty and Chancellor of the Exchequer, his wife Elizabeth, and his brother Richard Temple-Grenville (1711-79), Earl Temple, First Lord of the Admiralty and Lord Privy Seal.

Sotheby's, 7 November 1972.

Edited from this MS in Descriptions of Lord Cobham's Gardens at Stowe (1700-1750), ed. G.B. Clarke, Buckinghamshire Record Society, 26 (1990), pp. 24-7.

British Library, Add. MS 57804, f. 31v.

CgW 27.8

Copy of lines 1-56, in a neat hand, headed ‘Verses by Congreve on Lord Cobham's Gates at Stowe’, incomplete, on three pages of two conjugate folio leaves, stained. c.1728-40s.

In: A tall folio composite volume of miscellaneous papers, chiefly verse, in various hands and paper sizes, iii + 262 leaves, mounted on guards, in brown morocco gilt. Vol. L of the Petty Papers, owned principally by Sir William Petty (1623-87), natural philosopher and administrator in Ireland.

Formerly owned by the Earl of Shelburne, Bowood House (Petty Papers, Vol. 2).

Probably owned by Sir William Petty's younger son, Henry, first Earl of Shelburne (d.1751), of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

British Library, Add. MS 72899, ff. 151r-2r.

CgW 28

Copy, headed ‘Albi nostrum Sermonum Candide Judex. An Epistle to my Lord Cobham, by Mr Congreve’, subscribed in a different hand ‘Note this is one of the last Copies of Verses Mr. Congreve wrote before he died’.

In: A folio miscellany of poems chiefly on affairs of state, in a single neat hand, i + 131 leaves, in half black morocco gilt. c.1730s.

British Library, Harley MS 7318, ff. 49r-50v.

CgW 29

Copy, headed ‘Albi, nostrorum Sermonum Candide Judex, Hor. An Epistle to my Lord Cobham. By Mr. Congreve’, subscribed ‘Note, This is one of the last copies of Verses Mr. Congrev[e] wrote before he died. Harleian MS. N°. 7318’, on four pages of two conjugate folio leaves. Mid-18th century.

This MS recorded in HMC, 2nd Report (1871), Appendix, p. 16.

Folger, MS C.c.1(75).

CgW 29.3

Copy, in a neat hand, headed ‘A Letter to Lord Cobham, from the late Mr. Congreve, a little before he dy'd’, on three pages of an unbound pair of conjugate quarto leaves. c.1730-50.

Among papers of Sir Harry Pope Blount (1702-57) and Anne, Lady Blount (d.1716), of Tyttenhanger, Hertfordshire. Later among the papers of the Earl of Caledon, of Caledon Castle, Northern Ireland, and formerly preserved in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (D2433/D7/13).

Hertfordshire Record Office, DE/Cd (Add) F6/13.

The Message (‘Go thou unhappy victim’)

Published in Works (1710). McKenzie, II, 465.

CgW 29.5

Copy, headed ‘The Message, By W. C.’

In: the MS described under CgW 9.8. c.1690s.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 71, f. 51r.

CgW 29.6

Copy, in a neat hand, headed ‘Mr. Congreve to Lord Cobham In imitation of Horace / Albi nostrorum sermonum Candide judex’, on three pages of two conjugate folio leaves. c.1730-50.

In: An unbound bundle of miscellaneous papers, in various hands and paper sizes, 66 items.

Among papers of the Fane family, Earls of Westmorland, of Apethorpe.

Northamptonshire Record Office, W(A) Box 4 Parcel IV, No. 4, item 38.

CgW 29.8

Copy. Early 18th century.

Among the papers of the Ryder family, Earls of Harrowby.

Sandon Hall Archives, Stafford, MS 81, ff. 1r-2r.

The Mourning Muse of Alexis. A Pastoral. Lamenting the Death of our late Gracious Queen Mary of ever Blessed Memory (‘Behold, Alexis, see the Gloomy Shade’)

First published in 1695. Summers, IV, 39-44. McKenzie, II, 279-85.

CgW 29.9

Copy, headed ‘Shade’.

In: A duodecimo miscellany of verse and prose, predominantly in a single non-professional hand, iv + 214 pages, in contemporary calf. Inscribed (p. 211) ‘I ended this book Novr. 13th 1723’. c.1723.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt 15, pp. 45-6.

‘Not so robust in body as in mind’

The last four lines (beginning ‘For vertue now is neither more nor less’) constituting the last four lines of Letter to Viscount Cobham, first published in London, 1729. The first four lines apparently unpublished but for the facsimile noted below.

See CgW 26-9.

CgW 30

Copy of an eight-line poem, subscribed ‘W Congreve/Bath 24 Augst 1728’, on a single oblong octavo leaf. c.1730.

Later in the autograph collection of James Fraser Gluck (1852-97), New York State lawyer and library curator.

Facsimile of this MS (erroneously supposed to be autograph) in Frederick G. Netherclift, The Hand-Book to Autographs (London, 1862), No. 13.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Gluck Collection, [no shelfmark].

Of Pleasing; an Epistle To Sir Richard Temple (‘'Tis strange, dear Temple, how it comes to pass’)

Summers, IV, 148-51. McKenzie, II, 406-9.

CgW 30.5

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 1.5. c.1730s.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt 9, pp. 57-60.

CgW 30.8

Copy, headed ‘Of Pleasing: An Epistle to Sr Rd. T---e’, written lengthways down the pages.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, entitled ‘Poems & Verses on Several Occasions, MDCCXXVI’, in a mainly single hand, 66 leaves (plus blanks), in contemporary green vellum boards. 1726-c.1768.

The title-page inscribed ‘Anna. Rogers. Junr: 1768’.

Discussed in Paul Hammond, ‘Some Eighteenth-Century Texts and Adaptations of Rochester in Leeds MS Lt 110’, EMS 18 (2013 forthcoming).

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 110, ff. 39r-43v.

On Mrs. Arabella Hunt, Singing, Irregular Ode (‘Let all be husht, each softest Motion cease’)

See CgW 50-53.

Paraphrase upon Horace, Ode XIX, Lib. I (‘The Tyrant Queen of Soft Desires’)

First published in Examen Poeticum…The Third Part of Miscellany Poems [by John Dryden et al.] (London, 1693). Summers, IV, 33. Dobrée, pp. 234-5. McKenzie, II, 313-14.

CgW 31

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 5. Early-mid-18th century.

Bodleian, MS Add. B. 105, ff. 13v-14v.

A Pindarique Ode Humbly Offer'd to the Queen On the Victorious Progress of Her Majesty's Arms, under the Conduct of the Duke of Marlborough (‘Daughter of Memory, Immortal Muse’)

First published in London, 1706. Summers, IV, 82-91. Dobrée, pp. 335-41. McKenzie, II, 419-23.

CgW 32

Copy, in a neat hand, headed ‘To the Queen, on the victorious Progress of her Majesty's Arms under the Conduct of the Duke of Marlborough. A Pindaric Ode. By Mr Congreve’, on three folio blank pages of printed pamphlets dated 1713-14.

In: A composite volume of printed Oxford verse. Early-mid-18th century.

Once owned by Falconer Madan (1851-1935), librarian and bibliographer.

Yale, Lmd96 + 700e, pp. 340-1, 344.

CgW 32.5

Copy, headed ‘By Mr Congreve’.

In: A folio formal verse miscellany, comprising c.406 poems, many of them song lyrics, in various neat hands, compiled probably over a period, 8 blank leaves (pp. [i-xvi]) + 10 unnumbered pages of poems (pp. [xvii-xxvi]) + 9 numbered pages (pp. 1-9) + ff. [9v]-151v + 12 leaves at the end blank but for a poem on the penultimate page (f. [11v]), in contemporary calf gilt. Once erroneously associated with Thomas Killigrew (1612-83), whose hand does not appear in the volume. Mid-17th century-c.1702.

Inscribed (f. [ir]) ‘Sr Robert Killigrew / 1702’. Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), book and manuscript collector: Phillipps MS 9070. Sotheby's, 19 May 1897, lot 455.

Discussed, with a facsimile example, in Nancy Cutbirth, ‘Thomas Killigrew's Commonplace Book?’, Library Chronicle of the University of Texas at Austin, NS No. 13 (1980), 31-8.

University of Texas at Austin, Ms (Killigrew, T) Works B Commonplace book, f. 150r.

CgW 32.7

Copy in: A quarto volume of ‘Miscellanea Latina et Anglicana’, compiled by Edward Southwell (d.1760), Secretary of State for Ireland. Early 18th century?

Thomas Osborne, ‘Catalogue of the libraries of...several gentlemen’ (1748), item 248.

Untraced, [Edward Southwell MS], [unspecified page numbers].

CgW 32.8

Copy, headed ‘On Mrs. Br-girdles..p Congreve’, here beginning ‘Pious Melinda goes to prayers’. Written with other verses on an endpaper in an exemplum of John Sheffield, Marquess of Normanby, The Temple of Death, 2nd edition (London, 1695). c.1700.

Sotheby's, 27 May 2004 (John Brett-Smith sale), lot 105, unsold.

Estate of John R.B. Brett-Smith, Princeton, [Temple of Death].

CgW 32.9

Copy, headed ‘Song’.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, 186 pages, in contemporary calf. c.1728.

Yale, Osborn MS c 176, p. 38.

‘Pious Celinda goe to prayers’

See CgW 41.

Priam's Lamentation and Petition to Achilles, for the Body of his Son Hector (‘So spake the God, and Heav'nward took his Flight’)

First published in Examen Poeticum…The Third Part of Miscellany Poems [by John Dryden et al.] (London, 1693). Summers, IV, 25-7. Dobrée, pp. 225-8. McKenzie, II, 303-6.

CgW 33

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 5. Early-mid-18th century.

Bodleian, MS Add. B. 105, ff. 37v-41v.

CgW 34

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 23. c.1700-1714.

Yale, Osborn MS b 201, pp. 127-30.

Prologue to the Court, On the Queens' Birth-Day, 1704 (‘The happy Muse, to this high Scene preferr'd’)

First published in Works (London, 1710). Summers, IV, 72-3. Dobrée, pp. 275-6. McKenzie, II, 359-60.

CgW 35

Copy, in a probably professional rounded hand, on the rectos of two conjugate quarto leaves. c.1704.

In: A tall folio composite volume of chiefly verse MSS, in various hands and paper sizes, 91 leaves, mounted on guards, in half red morocco.

At least some individual items here were later owned by Sir Thomas Osborne (1632-1712), first Earl of Danby, Marquess of Carmarthen and Duke of Leeds, politician. Sotheby's, 6-10 April 1869 (Leeds sale), including lot 725, item 10.

British Library, Add. MS 28095, ff. 50r-1r.

Prologue [to The Way of the World] Spoken by Mr. Betterton (‘Of those few Fools who with ill Stars are curst’)

First published in The Way of the World (London, 1700). Summers, III, 12-13. Davis, p. 393. McKenzie, II, 101-2.

CgW 36

Copy, in a professional rounded hand, headed ‘Prologue. To Mr Congreves New Comedy call'd the way of the World. Spoke by Mr Betterton’, on two pages in a pair of conjugate folio leaves, possibly once folded as a letter or packet. c.1700.

In: the MS described under CgW 3. c.1620-33.

National Library of Wales, NLW MS 5308 E, f. 44r-v.

The Reconciliation (‘Fair Caelia, Love pretended’)

See CgW 4.

Song (‘Alas! what Pains, what racking Thoughts he proves’)

First published in Works (London, 1710). Summers, IV, 75. Dobrée, p. 241 and McKenzie, II, 322 (both as ‘Absence’ and beginning ‘Ah! what Pains, what racking Thoughts he proves’). Musical setting by Henry Purcell published in The Works of Henry Purcell, XXV (London, 1928), pp. 4-8.

CgW 37

Copy, headed ‘A song’ and here beginning ‘Ah! wt pains, wt racking thoughts he proves’.

In: the MS described under CgW 13. 1715-17.

University of Chicago, MS 553, p. 201.

CgW 38

Copy, in a musical setting by Purcell, here beginning ‘Ah! what pains, what rackin thoughts’.

In: A volume of autograph music by Henry Purcell. 1690s.

Guildhall Library, Gresham Music collection, Purcell autograph MS, ff. 69v-70.

CgW 38.5

Copy, headed ‘Absence’, on rectos only.

In: the MS described under CgW 30.8. 1726-c.1768.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 110, ff. 1r-4r.

Song (‘Cruel Amynta, can you see’)

First published in Poetical Miscellanies: The Fifth Part [by John Dryden et al.] (London, 1704). Summers, IV, 77. Dobrée, p. 244. McKenzie, II, 324.

CgW 39

Copy in a musical setting, untitled, in a quarto booklet of songs (1r-11v).

In: A large folio composite volume of music, iii + 107 leaves, in half-calf marbled boards. Early 18th century.

Later owned by Mr. E. Goddard, Portland Place, London, and by T. W. Bourne.

Bodleian, MS Mus. c. 107, f. 5r.

Song (‘I Look'd, and I sigh'd, and I wish'd, and I wish'd I cou'd speak’)

First published in Poetical Miscellanies: The Fifth Part [by John Dryden et al.] (London, 1704). Summers, IV, 75. Dobrée, pp. 239-40. McKenzie, II, 320.

CgW 40

Copy, subscried ‘Congreve’.

In: the MS described under CgW 13. 1715-17.

University of Chicago, MS 553, p. 203.

Song (‘Pious Selinda goes to Pray'rs’)

First published in Poetical Miscellanies: The Fifth Part [by John Dryden et al.] (London, 1704). Summers, IV, 78. Dobrée, p. 245. McKenzie, II, 326.

CgW 41

Copy, headed ‘A Song by Mr Congreve’, deleted.

In: A large folio verse miscellany, headed (p. 1) ‘Poems on Severall Occasions’, 298 pages, in contemporary calf (rebacked). c.1735.

Harvard, fMS Eng 629, p. 54.

CgW 42

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 25.5. c.1705.

Yale, Osborn MS c 189, p. 2.

Song from The Maid's Last Prayer. Set by Mr. Purcell, and Sung by Mrs. Ayliff (‘Tell me no more I am deceiv'd’)

First published, as ‘A Song set by Mr. Henry Purcell, the Words by Mr. Congreve’, in The Gentleman's Journal (January 1692/3), pp. 27-8. Thomas Southerne, The Maid's Last Prayer, or, Any, Rather than Fail (London, 1693). Summers, IV, 24. Dobrée, p. 243. McKenzie, II, 323-4. The Works of Henry Purcell, XX (London, 1916), pp. 82-3.

For the song by Etherege with the same opening line, see EtG 69.

CgW 43

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 10. Early 18th century.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 196, f. 46v.

CgW 44

Copy, headed ‘An answer to a friend for loving a common Jilt’.

In: A quarto miscellany of poems on affairs of state, entitled ‘A Booke of Paragrafts’, including 22 poems by Rochester, 445 pages plus stubs of extracted leaves (originally 463 numbered pages and now lacking pp. 59-68, 147-54 and parts of pp. 155-8), with a two-leaf index; in contemporary red morocco. In professional hands: A, pp. 1-194; B, in a different style and probably a different hand, pp. 195-432; C, probably yet another hand, with additions on pp. 75, 90, 102, 125, 142, 175, 195, and pp. 433-63. c.1680s-90s.

Inscribed (on stubs and endpapers) ‘matt Calihan’, ‘To Cpt Robinson att Capt Eloass [Elwes] near ye Watch house in Marlburhroagh street’, ‘For Capt. Robinson at his Lodginges in Charing Cross’. Christie's, 27 June 1979, lot 16.

Various commissioned officers named Robinson are recorded in Charles Dalton, English Army Lists and Commission Registers, 1661-1714 (6 vols, London, 1892-1904): see esp. I, 276. The volume was most probably owned by Charles Robinson of the King's Regiment of Foot Guards, who became Captain and then Lieutenant-Colonel in 1688 and was killed at Namur in 1695. A member of the same regiment in 1684 was the purveyor of MS lampoons Captain Lenthal Warcup. The Captain ‘Eloass’ mentioned in one inscription was possibly William Elwes, who served as a Lieutenant in Viscount Colchester's Regiment of Horse, c.1692-4, and as a Captain in Lord Windsor's Regiment of Horse in 1702.

Cited in IELM, II.ii, as the Robinson MS: RoJ Δ 8. Discussed with facsimiles of pp. 1-10 in Paul Hammond, ‘The Robinson Manuscript Miscellany of Restoration Verse in the Brotherton Collection, Leeds’, Proceedings of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, 18 (1982), 275-324. Facsimiles of p. 1 also in Christie's sale catalogue, Plate 1, after p. 48, and in The Brotherton Collection University of Leeds: Its contents described with illustrations of fifty books and manuscripts (Leeds, 1986), p. 17. Selectively collated in Walker.

This MS collated in Hammond, p. 306.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 54, p. 125.

The Tears of Amaryllis for Amyntas. A Pastoral (‘'Twas at the Time, when new returning Light’)

First published in London, 1703. Summers, IV, 67-71. Dobrée, pp. 276-81. McKenzie, II, 361-6.

CgW 45

Copy, in a neat hand, on seven pages in a quarto booklet of six leaves, once folded as a letter or packet. c.1703.

University of Nottingham, Pw V 180.

To a Candle Elegy (‘Thou watchful Taper, by whose silent Light’)

Summers, IV, 45.2. McKenzie, II, 376.

CgW 45.2

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 1.5. c.1730s.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt 9, p. 53.

CgW 45.25

Copy, headed ‘To a Candle’.

In: the MS described under CgW 30.8. 1726-c.1768.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 110, ff. 9r, 10r.

To Cynthia Weeping and not speaking. Elegy (‘Why are those Hours, which Heav'n in Pity lent’)

First published in Dryden's Miscellany (London, 1694). Summers, IV, 103. McKenzie, II, 367-8.

CgW 45.3

Copy, headed ‘To Cynthia weeping & not Speaking by Mr Congreve / Elegy’.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, chiefly translations of classical texts, predominantly in one clear hand up to p. 151, with additions in other hands over a period, written from both ends, 273 pages (plus a number of blanks), in half-calf marbled boards. Early 18th century.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 123, pp. 243-5.

CgW 45.8

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 1.5. c.1730s.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt 9, pp. 63-5.

To Mr. Dryden, On his Translation of Persius (‘As when of Old Heroique Story tells’)

First published in John Dryden, The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis (London, 1693 [i.e. 1692]). Charles Gildon, Miscellany Poems upon Several Occasions (London, 1692). Summers, IV, 23-4. Dobrée, pp. 252-3. McKenzie, II, 335-6.

CgW 46

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 2.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 152, f. 116r-v.

CgW 46.3

Copy, subscribed ‘W: Con:’.

In: A quarto miscellany of verse and prose, relating to history and classical literature, in possibly a single hand with variation over a period, 160 pages, in modern cloth. Inscribed (p. 156), probably by the compiler, ‘Richard Oram his Booke Annoque Domini 170[]’. c.1700.

University of Chicago, MS 586, pp. 85-6.

CgW 46.5

Copy, subscribed ‘Will: Congreve’.

In: the MS described under CgW 2.5. c.1700.

Folger, MS V.a.224, pp. 2-3.

To Sleep Elegy (‘O Sleep! thou Flatterer of happy Minds’)

First published in Works (1710). Summers, IV, 144-5. McKenzie, II, 372-3.

CgW 46.8

Copy, headed ‘To Sleep. an Elegy’, on rectos only.

In: the MS described under CgW 30.8. 1726-c.1768.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 110, ff. 44r-46r.

CgW 46.9

Copy in: Three quarto volumes of verse, 164, 155 and 145 leaves respectively, in later vellum. Compiled by Colonel Gabriel Lepipre. c.1753.

Yale, Osborn MS c 360, Vol. I, p. 319.

A Two-part Song, the Words by Mr. Congreve (‘There ne'er was so wretched a Lover as I’)

First published, in a musical setting, in Henry Purcell, Orpheus Britannicus (London, 1698), Book I, p. 112. The Works of Henry Purcell, XXII (London, 1922), pp. 120-4. Dobrée, p. 376. McKenzie, II, 466-7.

CgW 47

Copy in a musical setting by Henry Purcell.

In: A folio MS music book. c.1728.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, MU MS 120, p. 243.

CgW 48

Copy, in a musical setting by Henry Purcell, headed ‘The Words by Mr Congreve’.

In: A folio songbook, largely in one hand, written from both ends, vi + 241 pages including blanks(Part I: pp. 1-207; Part II: pp. 1-34), in contemporary panelled calf gilt (rebacked). Early 18th century.

Inscribed (Part I, p. [iii]) ‘Liber Georgij Forman Anno Domini April 8th 1721’; ‘John Ladds Book October the 9 in the year of our Lord 1764’; and (Part II, p. 2) ‘Liber Georgij Forman Anno Domini 1717 November Undecimo Die’; ‘Thomas Lea Southgate, Gipsy Hill, Kent’; and ‘Johannes Gilbert A. M. Coll. Christ. Cantab.’ Puttick & Simpson's, 1890. Formerly Folger MS 1634.4.

Folger, MS V.b.197, Part I, pp. 118-21.

CgW 49

Copy, in a musical setting by Henry Purcell, untitled.

In: An oblong quarto songbook, in one or possibly two hands, with a table of contents, vi + 128 pages, in contemporary blind-stamped calf. c.1705-39.

Owned, and possibly compiled, by William Knight (1684-1739), vicar choral (from 1712) and subchanter (from 1722) at York Minster.

York Minster, MS M. 12. S, pp. 8-16.

Upon a Lady's Singing. Pindarick Ode, By Mr. Congreve (‘Let all be husht, each softest Motion cease’)

First published in Charles Gildon, Miscellany Poems upon Several Occasions (London, 1692). Summers, IV, 7-9. Dobrée, pp. 222-4 (as ‘on Mrs. Arabella Hunt, Singing. Irregular Ode’). McKenzie, II, 300-2.

CgW 50

Copy, headed ‘On Mrs Arabella Hunt singing by Mr Congreve’.

In: the MS described under CgW 9. c.1703-9.

Edinburgh University Library, MS Dc. 3. 76, ff. 3r-4v.

CgW 51

Copy, headed ‘Upon A Lady's singing Pindarick Ode; By Mr Congreve’.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, in several generally italic hands, written originally on rectos only, the versos used by later hands, i + 112 leaves (ff. 93-5 excised), in old calf (rebacked). Including 26 poems by Thomas Carew and one of doubtful authorship. c.1694-1740.

Inscribed (inside the front cver) ‘Tho: Jesson His Book 1694’; (ff. ir, 5v) ‘S Harriott 1740’, and a poem (f. 37v) subscribed ‘Sarah Harriott’.

Recorded in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Jesson MS’: CwT Δ 23.

Edinburgh University Library, MS La. III. 468, ff. 42r, 43r.

CgW 51.5

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 9.8. c.1690s.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 71, ff. 44r-5v.

CgW 52

Copy, untitled, on a single sheet, endorsed in the hand of Thomas Coke, minister of Queen Anne, ‘Mr. Congreves verses on Mrs Hunt’. c.1700.

In: A large folio composite volume of verse MSS, in various hands and paper sizes, 160 leaves, mounted on guards. Volume XXXIIIA (Series III) of the papers of Sir John Coke (1563-1644), Secretary of State, and his family.

Purchased from the Marquess of Lothian, of Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire, 14 July 1987.

British Library, Add. MS 69968A, ff. 52r-3r.

CgW 53

Copy, headed ‘On Mrs. Arabella Hunt singing a Pindarique Ode By Mr. Congrave’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, in probably a single mixed hand varying over a period, entitled in another hand Recueil Choisi De Pieces fugitives En Vers Anglois, 214 pages, in modern calf. c.1713.

Afterwards owned by Charles de Beaumont, the Chevalière d'Éon (1728-1810). Later owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872): Phillipps MS 9500. In the Shakespearian Library of Marsden J. Perry (1850-1935), industrialist, banker, and art and book collector, of Providence, Rhode Island. American Art Association, New York, 11-12 March 1936.

Rosenbach Museum & Library, MS 239/16, pp. 156-8.

Verses Sacred To the Memory of Grace Lady Gethin Occasion'd by reading her Book, Entituled, Reliquiae Gethinianae (‘After a painful Life in Study spent’)

First published in Misery's Virtues Whet-stone Reliquiae Gethinianae, 3rd edition (London, 1703). Summers, IV, 60-1. Dobrée, pp. 250-1. McKenzie, II, 332-3.

CgW 54

Copy, as ‘by Mr Congreve’, in a quarto verse miscellany (occupying ff. 84r-117v). Early 18th century.

In: A tall folio composite volume of verse and some prose, chiefly translations from Latin, in various hands and paper sizes, 133 leaves, mounted on guards, in half red morocco. Volume XVIII of papers of the families of Browne, Mariett and West, of the manor of Alscot, in Preston-on-Stour, Gloucestershire.

Portions once owned by Henry Jackson (1586-1662), Hooker's first editor; by Anthony Wood (1632-95), Oxford antiquary; by Thomas Coxeter (1689-1747); and probably by James West, FRS, FSA, MP (1703-72), politician and antiquary.

British Library, Add. MS 34744, f. 102r-v.

Prose

Incognita

First published in London, 1692. McKenzie, III, 1-62.

CgW 54.3

MS of a dramatic adaptation of Congreve's novel by Alexander Dalrymple, partly in his hand. c.1795.

Bodleian, MS Don. e. 5.

CgW 54.5

Copy, in a small cursive hand, with a dedication ‘To The Honoured and Worthily Esteemed Mrs Katharine Leveson’ signed ‘Cleophil’ and a ‘Preface to the Reader’,131 octavo pages, in contemporary olive-green morocco gilt. 1788.

Initials ‘E: B’ on the spine. Sotheby's, 27 May 2004 (John Brett-Smith sale), lot 119, to Bayntun-Coward.

Untraced, [Incognita MS].

Dramatic Works

The Double-Dealer, II, iii, lines 29-41. Song (‘Cynthia frowns when'er I Woo her’)

First published in London, 1694. Summers, II, 1-77 (p. 31). Davis, pp. 117-204 (p. 143). McKenzie, I, 125-245 (p. 157). Musical setting by Henry Purcell published in Thesaurus Musicus (London, 1694). The Works of Henry Purcell, XVI (London, 1906), pp. 207-10.

CgW 55

Copy in a musical setting by Henry Purcell.

In: the MS described under CgW 47. c.1728.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, MU MS 120, p. 287-9.

CgW 56

Copy, in a musical setting by Henry Purcell, headed ‘A Song in ye Double Dealer’.

In: the MS described under CgW 48. Early 18th century.

Folger, MS V.b.197, Part I, pp. 90-1.

CgW 57

Copy, in a musical setting by Purcell.

In: the MS described under CgW 38. 1690s.

Guildhall Library, Gresham Music collection, Purcell autograph MS, ff. 44v-6.

CgW 57.5

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CgW 32.5. Mid-17th century-c.1702.

University of Texas at Austin, Ms (Killigrew, T) Works B Commonplace book, f. 144v.

The Judgment of Paris: A Masque

First published in London, 1701. Summers, III, 79-86. Dobrée, pp. 187-95. McKenzie, II, 227-35.

CgW 58

A large square-shaped folio full score of the opera by Daniel Purcell, the lyrics in a single cursive italic hand, 54 leaves (the last one vellum), in modern half red morocco. Early 18th century.

Bookplate of Robert Smith, of St Paul's Churchyard. Puttick & Simpson's, 24 April 1873.

British Library, Add. MS 29398.

CgW 58.3

MS, ‘finely written’, folio. 1710.

Once owned by the Rev. W.E. Buckley. Sotheby's, 16 April 1894, lot 306.

Untraced, [Buckley MS].

—— lines 49-62. Song (‘Hither turn thee, gentle swain’)

Summers, p. 82. McKenzie, II, 231.

song by Venus

CgW 58.5

Copy of the song, untitled.

In: the MS described under CgW 32.5. Mid-17th century-c.1702.

University of Texas at Austin, Ms (Killigrew, T) Works B Commonplace book, f. 148r.

—— lines 132-143. Song (‘Happy Nymph who shall enfold thee’)

Summers, p. 85. McKenzie, II, 234.

CgW 58.8

Copy in: the MS described under CgW 32.5. Mid-17th century-c.1702.

University of Texas at Austin, Ms (Killigrew, T) Works B Commonplace book, f. 148r.

—— lines 75-94. Song (‘Let Ambition fire thy mind’)

Summers, III, 83-4. Dobrée, p. 192. McKenzie, II, 232.

CgW 59

Copy of Juno's song in an anonymous musical setting, untitled, in a quarto booklet. of songs (ff. 1r-11v).

In: the MS described under CgW 39. Early 18th century.

Bodleian, MS Mus. c. 107, f. 10v.

CgW 60

Copy of Juno's song in a musical setting, untitled.

In: A quarto songbook, compiled by an Oxford University man, ii + 32 leaves, imperfect, in modern calf. c.1753-4.

Bodleian, MS Mus. e. 20, f. 14r.

CgW 61

Copy of Juno's song, in an anonymous musical setting.

In: A folio music book, i + 49 leaves. First half of 18th century.

Bodleian, MS Mus. Sch. C. 41, f. 16r.

Love for Love

First published in London, 1695. Summers, II, 79-171. Davis, pp. 208-316. McKenzie, I, 247-391.

CgW 62

Extracts from an early acting text of the play, as performed on 26 December 1700 at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, on two skins of vellum.

In: Official enrolled copy of an indictment of Thomas Betterton's company for profane or obscene expressions.

This MS discussed and extracts printed in T.C. Duncan Eaves and Ben D. Kimpel, ‘The Text of Congreve's Love for Love’, The Library, 5th Ser. 30 (1975), 334-6.

National Archives, Kew, KB 33/24/8, [no page numbers].

—— III, iii, lines 165-173. Song (‘A Nymph and a Swain to Apollo once pray'd’)

Summers, II, 130. Davis, pp. 258-9. McKenzie, I, 311.

CgW 63

Copy of the song, in a non-professional hand, headed ‘Song mr Congreve’, with other verses, on one side of a single long folio leaf. Early-mid-18th century.

In: A folio composite volume of verse MSS, in various hands, 171 leaves, in half brown morocco. Collected by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), Norroy King of Arms and antiquary, his brother Oliver, and Thomas Martin (1697-1771), of Palgrave, Suffolk, antiquary and collector.

British Library, Add. MS 27408, f. 16v.

CgW 63.5

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CgW 32.5. Mid-17th century-c.1702.

University of Texas at Austin, Ms (Killigrew, T) Works B Commonplace book, f. 143r.

—— III, xv, lines 44-75. Ballad (‘A Souldier, and a Sailor’)

Summers, II, 141. Davis, pp. 274. McKenzie, I, 332-3.

CgW 64

Copy of the ballad, the text accompanied by a Latin version by ‘R.D.’.

In: A miscellany of English and Latin verse and university orations, 196 leaves, in vellum. Compiled by William Parry (1687-1756?), Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford c.1724.

Later owned by Falconer Madan (1851-1935), librarian and bibliographer, and given to the library in 1938 by F.F. Madan.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. f. 13, fols 74v-5r.

CgW 65

Copy of the ballad, in a musical setting by John Eccles.

In: A folio music book, ii + 262 pages. Early 18th century.

Bodleian, MS Mus. Sch. C. 95, p. 237.

CgW 66

Copy of a Latin translation of the ballad, headed ‘A Soldier and a Sailor &c. By Mr. Congreve. Put into Latin by <space> To the same Tune’ and beginning ‘Miles, Navigator’.

In: the MS described under CgW 12. c.1730.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 852, f. 90r.

The Old Batchelour, II, ix, lines 5-17. Song (‘Thus to a ripe, consenting Maid’)

First published in London, 1693. Summers, I, 155-255 (p. 186). Davis, pp. 28-113 (pp. 59-60). McKenzie, I, 47-48. Musical settings of the two songs by Henry Purcell published in [first song] Joyful Cuckoldom (London, [1690s]), and [second song] Orpheus Britannicus (London, 1698). The Works of Henry Purcell, XXI (London, 1917), pp. 33-4, 35-7.

CgW 67

Copy of the song, in a musical setting by Henry Purcell.

In: the MS described under CgW 65. Early 18th century.

Bodleian, MS Mus. Sch. C. 95, p. 233.

CgW 68

Copy, headed ‘A Song’.

In: A duodecimo miscellany of song lyrics, in one small hand up to f. 10r, a second ungainly hand on ff. 10v-11v, eleven leaves (plus blanks), in contemporary calf. c.1700s.

Purchased from Mr Crumpton, 14 April 1877.

British Library, Add. MS 30303, f. 9v.

CgW 69

Copy of the song, in a musical setting by Purcell.

In: the MS described under CgW 38. 1690s.

Guildhall Library, Gresham Music collection, Purcell autograph MS, ff. 19v-22r.

CgW 69.5

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CgW 32.5. Mid-17th century-c.1702.

University of Texas at Austin, Ms (Killigrew, T) Works B Commonplace book, f. 147v.

—— III, x, lines 1-25. (‘As Amoret and Thyrsis, lay’)

Summers, I, 194. Davis, p. 71. McKenzie, I, 64.

CgW 70

Copy of the song, in a musical setting by Henry Purcell.

In: the MS described under CgW 48. Early 18th century.

Folger, MS V.b.197, Part I, pp. 1 bis-3.

Semele

First published in Works (London, 1710). Summers, III, 87-110. Dobrée, pp. 155-86. McKenzie, II, 237-68.

CgW 71

Copy of the opera as ‘Alter'd from the Semele of William Congreve Set to Musick by George Frideric Handel’, with some corrections in Handel's own hand, on 31 quarto pages. 1744.

This being the MS submitted to the official licenser before the production at Covent Garden on 10 February 1744.

Huntington, LA 43.

The Way of the World, III, xii, lines 10-23. Song (‘Love's but the Frailty of the Mind’)

First published in London, 1700. Summers, III, 1-78 (p. 45). Davis, pp. 389-479 (p. 434). McKenzie, II, 95-225 (pp. 162-3).

See also CgW 3, CgW 36.

CgW 72

Copy of the first couplet of the song, in a musical setting by John Eccles.

In: A tall folio songbook, largely in a single cursive hand, written from both ends, i + 133 leaves (including numerous blanks), in contemporary reversed calf. The cover inscribed ‘The Song-Book [of Mr. Montriot added in another hand]’. c.1711.

Formerly among Lord Leigh's muniments at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire. Christie's, 16 October 1985, lot 139.

This MS recorded in John P. Cutts, ‘An Unpublished Purcell Setting’, M&L, 38 (1957), 1-13 (p. 11).

British Library, Add. MS 63626, f. 56v rev.

Letters

Letter(s)

*CgW 73

Autograph letter signed, to Edward Porter, from Ilam, [21 August 1692]. 1692.

In: A composite volume of miscellaneous and historical letters and papers, collected by Thomas Birch (1705-66), biographer and historian.

Hodges, No. 1. McKenzie, III, 136 (Letter 1). Facsimile in T.J. Brown, ‘English Literary Autographs XXI’, The Book Collector, 6 (Spring 1957), facing p. 61.

British Library, Add. MS 4293, f. 56r.

*CgW 74

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Joseph Keally, from London, 21 August 1692. 1692.

Hodges, No. 2. Complete facsimile in Kathleen M. Lynch, A Congreve Gallery (Cambridge, Mass. 1951), after p. 32.

New York Public Library, Berg Collection, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 75

Autograph letter signed, to Jacob Tonson, [from Tunbridge], 12 August 1693. 1693.

Christie's, 17 December 1907 (Tonson sale), lot 153, to Sotheran.

Hodges, No. 57. McKenzie, III, 137 (Letter 2).

Yale, Osb MSS File 3609.

CgW 77

Copy of Congreve's letter to Jacob Tonson, [from Tunbridge], 12 August 1693.

In: A quarto volume of transcripts by Edmond Malone (1741-1812), literary scholar, biographer and book collector, of letters to Jacob Tonson, copied ‘from the originals in the possn. of Willm. Baker, Esqre’, 143 pages (plus numerous blanks), in contemporary vellum. Late 18th century.

Yale, Gen MSS Vol. 229, p. 11.

*CgW 78

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Jacob Tonson, [from Tunbridge, 15 August 1693]. 1693.

Sotheby's, 29 June 1925 (Tonson sale), 3rd day, lot 772.

Hodges, No. 58, pp. 91-2. McKenzie, III, 137-8 (Letter 3).

New York Public Library, Berg Collection, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 79

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Jacob Tonson, 20 August 1695. 1695.

Sotheby's, 29 June 1925 (Tonson sale), 3rd day, lot 773.

Hodges, No. 62, p. 98. McKenzie, III, 141-2 (Letter 6).

New York Public Library, Berg Collection, [no shelfmark].

CgW 80

Copy of Congreve's letter to Jacob Tonson, 20 August 1695.

In: the MS described under CgW 77. Late 18th century.

Yale, Gen MSS Vol. 229, p. 12.

*CgW 81

Autograph letter signed, to Edward Porter, from Calais, 11 August 1700. 1700.

In: the MS described under CgW 73.

Hodges, No. 4. McKenzie, III, 146-7 (Letter 11).

British Library, Add. MS 4293, f. 61r-2v.

*CgW 82

Autograph letter signed, to Mrs Edward Porter, from Rotterdam, 27 September 1700. 1700.

In: the MS described under CgW 73.

Hodges, No. 5. McKenzie, III, 147-8 (Letter 12).

British Library, Add. MS 4293, ff. 59r-60v.

*CgW 83

Autograph letter signed, to John Drummond, from London, 15 January 1700/1. 1701.

Hodges, No. 67. McKenzie, III, 149-50 (Letter 14).

National Archives of Scotland, GD24, [unspecified item].

*CgW 84

Autograph letter signed, to John Drummond, from London, 10 April 1701. 1701.

Hodges, No. 68. McKenzie, III, 153 (Letter 17).

National Archives of Scotland, GD24, [unspecified item].

*CgW 85

Autograph letter signed, to Joseph Keally, from London, 7 June 1701. 1701.

Hodges, No. 9. McKenzie, III, 154 (Letter 18).

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Gratz Collection, British Authors/Poets Case 10, Box 38, [unnumbered item].

*CgW 86

Autograph letter signed, to Joseph Keally, from London, 4 December 1702. 1702.

Sotheby's, 14 March 1976, lot 326.

Hodges, No. 11, p. 25. Facsimile in British Literary Autographs, Series I, ed. Verlyn Klinkenborg et al. (New York, 1981), No. 68.

Pierpont Morgan Library, MA 3388.

*CgW 87

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Jacob Tonson, from London, 1 July 1703. 1703.

Christie's, 17 December 1907, lot 154.

Hodges, No. 69. McKenzie, III, 155-6 (Letter 21). Facsimiles in Maggs's sale catalogue No. 317 (November-December 1913), item 3341 (Plate XI), and in Hodges, p. 109.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Gratz Collection, British Dramatists, Case 11, B. 15.

CgW 88

Copy of Congreve's letter to Jacob Tonson, from London, 1 July 1703.

In: the MS described under CgW 77. Late 18th century.

Yale, Gen MSS Vol. 229, p. 15.

*CgW 89

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Joseph Keally, from London, 20 June 1704. 1704.

Hodges, No. 15. McKenzie, III, 160-1 (Letter 26).

Lord Home of The Hirsel, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 90

Autograph letter signed, to Joseph Keally, from London, 30 April 1706. 1706.

In: A folio composite volume of autograph letters. Volume II of the Charnwood Autograph Collection, formed by Dorothea Mary Roby Benson (d.1942), wife of Godfrey Rathbone, first Baron Charnwood.

Formerly Loan MS 60/2.

Hodges, No. 23. McKenzie, III, 165 (Letter 33). Facsimile in Sotheby's sale catalogue, 16 March 1937, lot 479.

Formerly British Library, Loan MS 60/2, item 7(5).

British Library, Add. MS 70949, f. 44r.

*CgW 91

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Joseph Keally, from London, 7 February 1707/8. 1708.

Hodges, No. 29. McKenzie, III, 169 (Letter 39).

Lord Home of The Hirsel, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 92

Autograph letter signed, to Joseph Keally, from London, 2 March 1707[/8]. 1708.

Owned in December 1989 by Clive Farahar & Sophie Dupré, booksellers, Calne, Wiltshire.

Berkeley, pp. 355-7. Hodges, No. 30. McKenzie, III, 169-70 (Letter 40).

Untraced, [Congreve letter (II)].

*CgW 93

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Joseph Keally, from London, 9 November 1708. 1708.

Hodges, No. 35. McKenzie, III, 172-3 (Letter 45).

Lord Home of The Hirsel, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 94

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Joseph Keally, from London, 23 May [1709]. 1709.

Hodges, No. 37. McKenzie, III, 173-4 (Letter 47).

New York Public Library, Berg Collection, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 95

Autograph letter signed, to Joseph Keally, [from London, March or April 1710]. 1710.

Samuel J. Davey's sale catague of ‘Historical Documents and Autograph Letters’ (1899), item 127.

Hodges, No. 38, p. 55. McKenzie, III, 174 (Letter 48). Facsimile in British Literary Autographs, Series I, ed. Verlyn Klinkenborg et al. (New York, 1981), No. 68.

Pierpont Morgan Library, MA 3263.

*CgW 96

Autograph letter signed, to Joseph Keally, from Richmond, 6 June [1710]. 1710.

Owned in December 1989 by Clive Farahar & Sophie Dupré, booksellers, Calne, Wiltshire.

Berkeley, pp. 371-2. Hodges, No. 39. McKenzie, III, 175 (Letter 49).

Untraced, [Congreve letter (III)].

CgW 96.5

Autograph letter signed (‘WC’), to Joseph Keally, from London, 10 August 1710. 1710.

Bonhams, 22 November 2011, lot 221, with a facsimile in the sale catalogue.

McKenzie, III, 175 (Letter 50).

Untraced, [Congreve letter (IIIIa)].

*CgW 96.8

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Joseph Keally, from London, 15 December 1710. 1710.

Hodges No. 43. McKenzie, III, 176 (Letter 52).

University of Texas at Austin, Pforzheimer MS 10A.

*CgW 97

Autograph letter signed, to Joseph Keally, from London, 5 July 1711. 1711.

In: A composite volume of letters and papers, chiefly collected by George Berkeley (1685-1753), Bishop of Cloyne, Ireland, philosopher. Volume VIII of the Berkeley Papers.

Hodges, No. 46. McKenzie, III, 177-8 (Letter 54).

British Library, Add. MS 39311, f. 5r.

*CgW 98

Autograph letter signed, to Edward Porter, [from Stowe, Buckinghamshire], 1 January [1714?]. 1714.

In: the MS described under CgW 73.

Hodges, No. 51. McKenzie, III, 180 (Letter 59). Facsimiles of the first page in Hodges, Man, facing p. 88, and in T.J. Brown, ‘English Literary Autographs XXI’, The Book Collector, 6 (Spring 1957), facing p. 61.

British Library, Add. MS 4293, ff. 57r-8v.

*CgW 99

Autograph letter signed, to Edward Porter, [from London, 1714?]. 1714.

In: the MS described under CgW 73.

Hodges, No. 52. McKenzie, III, 181 (Letter 60).

British Library, Add. MS 4293, ff. 64r-v.

*CgW 100

Autograph letter signed, to Mrs Edward Porter (?), 9 August [1717?]. 1717.

In: the MS described under CgW 73.

Hodges, No. 53.

British Library, Add. MS 4293, ff. 63r-v.

*CgW 101

Autograph letter signed, to the Secretary of the Board of Trade, from Ashley, 5 October 1717. 1717.

Hodges, No. 83. McKenzie, III, 182 (Letter 62)

National Archives, Kew, CO 137/12/72.

CgW 102

A summary in official minutes of a petition by Congreve to the Board of Trade, 9 February 1717/18. 1718.

Hodges, No. 86.

National Archives, Kew, PC 2/86, p. 104.

*CgW 103

Autograph letter signed, to Edward Porter, from Ashley, Thursday [November 1718?]. 1718?.

In: the MS described under CgW 73.

Hodges, No. 54 (dated [1717-19]). McKenzie, III, 182-3 (Letter 63).

British Library, Add. MS 4293, ff. 54r-5v.

*CgW 104

Autograph letter signed, to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle, from Wotton, 9 August 1719. 1719.

In: A composite volume of letters, chiefly to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle.

Hodges, No. 88. McKenzie, III, 183-4 (Letter 65).

British Library, Add. MS 32685, ff. 47r-8v.

*CgW 105

Autograph letter signed, to Alexander Pope, from Ashley, [late summer 1719?]. 1719.

In: A volume of papers of Alexander Pope, principally the autograph manuscript of part of his translation of Homer's Iliad, 233 leaves.

Hodges, No. 133. McKenzie, III, 184 (Letter 66).

British Library, Add. MS 4808, f. 191v.

*CgW 106

Autograph letter signed, to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle, [November 1719?]. 1719?.

In: the MS described under CgW 104.

Hodges, No. 134. McKenzie, III, 184-5 (Letter 67). Facsimile in Richard Garnett & Edmund Gosse, English Literature: An Illustrated Record, 4 vols (London, 1903), III, 165.

British Library, Add. MS 32685, ff. 49r-50v.

*CgW 107

Autograph letter signed, to Alexander Pope, from Surrey Street, 20 January [1719/20?]. 1720.

In: the MS described under CgW 105.

Hodges, No. 135. McKenzie, III, 185 (Letter 68).

British Library, Add. MS 4808, ff. 192v, 193v.

*CgW 108

Autograph letter signed by Congreve, to Alexander Pope, 23 June [1720?]. 1720.

Hodges, No. 137. McKenzie, III, 185-6 (Letter 69).

Harvard, fMS Eng 870 (29).

*CgW 109

Autograph letter signed, to John Palstock, 10 February 1722/3. 1723.

Sotheby's, 18 July 1991, lot 175, to ‘Henry’, with a facsimile in the sale catalogue.

Untraced, [Congreve letter (IV)].

*CgW 110

Autograph letter signed, to Jacob Tonson, on one side of an octavo leaf, 8 August 1723. 1723.

Hodges, No. 91. McKenzie, III, 186 (Letter 70).

Folger, MS C.c.1(6).

CgW 111

Copy of Congreve's letter to Jacob Tonson, 8 August 1723.

In: the MS described under CgW 77. Late 18th century.

Yale, Gen MSS Vol. 229, p. 17.

*CgW 112

Autograph letter signed, to Humphrey Morice, from Surrey Street, 22 November 1726. 1726.

Hodges, No. 96. McKenzie, III, 186-7 (Letter 71).

Bank of England, Letter 393 (Acc No. 429 and B151).

*CgW 113

Autograph letter signed, to Humphrey Morice, from Surrey Street, 7 February 1726/7. 1727.

Hodges, No. 97. McKenzie, III, 187 (Letter 72).

Bank of England, Letter 394 (Acc No. 429 and B151).

Document(s)

Document(s)

*CgW 114

Counterpart of the contract between Dryden and Jacob Tonson for his translation of Virgil (see DrJ 376), signed by Tonson and by Congreve as witnesses, 15 June 1694. 1694.

British Library, Add. MS 36933.

CgW 115

A petition to Lords of the Treasury, signed by Congreve and others [from London, 1698]. 1698.

Hodges, No. 64.

National Archives, Kew, T1/50/43.

*CgW 116

A promissory note by Jacob Tonson to Dryden concerning his Fables, two copies, both signed as witness by Congreve, 20 March 1698/9. 1699.

Sotheby's, 29 June 1925 (H. Clinton Baker sale), lot 787

Hodges, No. 66, p. 103.

Clark Library, Los Angeles, fD779L Bound [i].

*CgW 117

Agreement for the Duke of Newcastle to have free access to the new Haymarket Theatre, in a professional hand, signed and subscribed by Vanbrugh, also signed by William Congreve, 8 May 1704 (endorsed 9 May). 1704.

In: A folio composite volume of letters, 1696-1708, in various hands and paper sizes, 260 leaves, in modern half-morocco.

Vere & Cavendish Papers, recorded in HMC, PortlandII, pp. 110-235.

Recorded in HMC, 13th report, Appendix, Part II: Portland II (1893), p. 185. Register, No. 1768.

British Library, Add. MS 70501, ff 133r-4v.

*CgW 118

Receipt to Jacob Tonson, signed by Congreve, 27 June 1709. 1709.

Hodges, No. 75. Facsimile in a sale catalogue (? Maggs), item 4402, Plate X.

Folger, MS C.c.1(7).

*CgW 119

A receipt for money received from John Dominick Nardvice, signed ‘Wm Congreve’, on one side of an oblong quarto leaf, 27 July 1710. 1710.

In: A grangerised exemplum of Volume II of Thomas Davies's Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick (London, 1780), 453 pages, the leaves all mounted in a double-folio-size guardbook, in modern black morocco elaborately gilt.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. ix.

Folger, MS W.b.474, p. 71.

*CgW 120

Receipt to Mr Grigsby, signed by Congreve, 14 August 1716. 1716.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. ix. Edited in Hodges, Man, p. 99.

Harvard Business School, Kress Library, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 121

Receipt to Mr Grigsby, signed by Congreve, 13 September 1716. 1716.

Recorded in Hodges, Man, p. 99.

Harvard Theatre Collection, TS 934.5 (I. 226).

*CgW 122

An authorisation to pay a dividend on South Sea stock to Thomas Snow, signed by Congreve, from London, 2 October 1716. In the autograph collection of Count Grigory Vladimirovich Orlov (1777-1826), acquired when he visited England in 1821. 1716.

Recorded by M.P. Alexeyev in ‘British Manuscripts in Russia’, TLS (21 September 1946), p. 456.

State Historical Museum, Moscow, Collection of Count G. Orlov.

*CgW 123

A document signed by Congreve, to John Warner, 23 November 1716. 1716.

Yale, Spence Series VIII, Derby Anecdotes, Box 8, Folder 278.

*CgW 124

A receipt for a South Sea dividend, signed by Congreve, March 1717. 1717.

Sotheby's, 26 October 1916, Lot 105, to Tregaskis.

Untraced, [Congreve document (II)].

CgW 125

Copy of a document signed by Congreve empowering Thomas Snow to accept on Congreve's behalf £5 00 of South Sea Company stock, 30 March 1717. 1717.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. ix.

Huntington, HM 445 (item 2).

*CgW 126

An authorization to sell stock, signed by Congreve, 26 April 1717. 1717.

In: A large quarto composite volume, comprising c.230 letters of British poets, 234 leaves (including blanks), in 19th-century half-calf. Assembled in 1824 by William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector.

Among collections of Captain Montagu Montagu, RN (d.1863).

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. ix.

Bodleian, MS Montagu d. 1, f. 121r.

*CgW 127

A receipt to Bernard Lintott for the first volume of Pope's Homer, signed by Congreve, 1 June 1717[?]. 1717.

Recorded in Hodges, as dated 1715, Letters, p. ix. Edited in Hodges, Man, p. 106.

Huntington, HM 445 (item 1).

*CgW 128

A receipt to John Warner, signed by Congreve, 11 March 1717[/18]. 1718.

Harvard Business School, Kress Library, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 129

A receipt, signed by Congreve, 17 October 1718.

Recorded in the catalogue of the R.B. Adam Library (1929), III, 70. Subsequently in the collection of Donald and Mary Hyde (Lady Eccles).

Untraced, [Congreve document (III)].

*CgW 130

An assignment of money to William Lowndes, signed by Congreve, 4 June 1719. 1719.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. ix.

Clark Library, Los Angeles, C749 1719 June 4.

*CgW 131

A receipt to John Warner & Co, signed by Congreve, December 1719. 1719.

Sotheby's, 25 July 1978, lot 363, and 14 March 1979, lot 327. Maggs's sale catalogues No. 1021 (1981), item 43, and No. 1126 (August 1991), item 48.

Untraced, [Congreve document (IV)].

*CgW 132

Receipt, signed by Congreve, 29 March 1720. 1720.

Sotheby's, 11 March 1908, lot 343, to Scott.

Untraced, [Congreve document (V)].

*CgW 133

A receipt to Mr Craiggs, signed ‘Wm Congreve’, on a narrow oblong strip of paper, 18 June 1720. 1720.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. x.

Folger, MS Y.d.484(1).

*CgW 134

A receipt to John Warner, signed by Congreve, 27 October 1720. 1720.

Princeton, RTC01 Box 5, fl. 22.

*CgW 135

A receipt signed by Congreve, to Charles Lockyer, 16 November 1721. 1721.

In: A folio composite volume of letters, in various hands. Volume DXVI of the Evelyn Papers.

Formerly Evelyn MS 3.

Formerly Evelyn MS 3, No, 85. Hodges, p. x.

British Library, Add. MS 78683, f. 37r.

*CgW 136

A receipt to John Warner, signed by Congreve, 16 November 1721. 1721.

Recorded (with the date erroneously cited as 21 November 1721) in Hodges, Letters, p. x.

Harvard, Widener Collection, HEW 7.9.13.

*CgW 137

A receipt to Charles Lockyer, signed by Congreve, 15 February 1721/2. 1722.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. x. Edited in Hodges, Man, p. 99.

Wellesley College, [no shelfmark].

*CgW 138

An authorization for Thomas Snow to receive Congreve's latest dividend on South Sea stock, 9 July 1722. 1722.

Laid in a printed exemplum of Congreve's Works (3 vols, London, 1761), sold at Sotheby's, New York, 14 December 1988, lot 73.

Untraced, [Congreve document (VI)].

*CgW 139

An autograph receipt signed by Congreve, for a South Sea Company dividend of £96 from Thomas Snow and John Pattock, 14 October 1723. 1723.

Sotheby's, 16 July 1984, lot 27, to John Wilson. Maggs's sale catalogue No. 1449 (2011), item 46.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. x.

Huntington, HM 6567.

*CgW 140

A receipt to Thomas Snow and John Paltock, in connection with a south Sea annuity, signed by Congreve, 15 May 1724. 1724.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. x.

Folger, MS Y.d.484(2).

*CgW 141

A receipt for South Sea dividends, signed by Congreve, 27 November 1724. 1724.

Sotheby's, 29 October 1962, lot 227, to Hamilton.

Untraced, [Congreve document (VII)].

*CgW 142

A receipt to John Warner & Co, signed by Congreve, December 1724. 1724.

Owned in 1964 by Samuel Loveman, Bodley Book Shop, New York.

Recorded in Hodges, Letters, p. x.

Untraced, [Congreve document (VIII)].

*CgW 143

Authorization to Charles Lockyer for payment of South Sea dividends to Anne Congreve, signed by Congreve, and others, 26 February 1725/6. 1726.

Hodges, Letters, No. 94, with a facsimile.

Harvard Theatre Collection, pfTS 939.5.13 (I/II).

*CgW 144

An Exchequer warrant, signed by Congreve, 30 March 1727.

Sotheby's, 23 April 1923, lot 188, to Manning.

Untraced, [Congreve document (IX)].

*CgW 145

An Exchequer warrant, signed by Congreve, 6 April 1727. 1727.

Sotheby's, 20 November 1903, lot 279, to Barker. Possibly the same document sold at Sotheby's, 19 February 1930, lot 402, to Dobell.

Untraced, [Congreve document (X)].

Will

CgW 146

A registered copy of Congreve's last will and testament, made 26 February 1725/6, proved 3 February ‘1728’. 1728.

Hodges, Letters, No. 148, pp. 254-8.

National Archives, Kew, PROB 11/621/135.

Miscellaneous Extracts from Works by Congreve

Extracts

CgW 147

Some twelve lines of extracts from Congreve on the subjects of ‘Pleasure’ and ‘Youth’.

In: the MS described under CgW 9. c.1703-9.

Edinburgh University Library, MS Dc. 3. 76, ff. 74v, 76r.