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ITEM — Volume: 3 Identifier: MS Hyde 35, (5)

Commonplace book : autograph manuscript, circa 1818


  • Creation: circa 1818

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, French, and Italian.

Physical Description

1 v. (341 p.), in case.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.6 linear feet (1 box and 9 volumes)

Physical Location

Hyde Case 9

General note

Poems transcribed by Piozzi ca. 1818, mostly attributed to other authors or unattributed. Many of the unattributed pieces are clearly by Piozzi, particularly those addressed to her daughters Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith; Sophia Thrale Hoare; Cecilia Thrale Mostyn; and Susanna Arabella Thrale.

  1. Page 1. Invocation to Venus, addressed to Sophia Thrale
  2. Page 6. Scena nel opera di Guilio Cesare, in Italian, with translation by Charles Burney
  3. Page 8. The Prior of St. Catherine's Rev'd John Newton on a lady who lisp'd and stammer'd
  4. Page 9. Lines addressed to Miss Susan Thrale written in a fortune-telling book
  5. Page 10. Stanzas written among the ruins of Denbigh Castle [Balderston, 898-899]
  6. Page 14. On seeing a portrait of Gen'l Dumourier drawn by Sophia Thrale
  7. Page 16. To Mrs. Thrale upon the arrival of her present of a gold-headed cane immediately after a severe fit of sickness
  8. Page 18. On seeing a drawing by Sophia Thrale of the market of love
  9. Page 19. Inscription for a hermitage
  10. Page 20. On being asked to make 20 lines impromptu on Lady G___n's assembly ten minutes before dinner [Balderston, 554-555]
  11. Page 21. To Mrs. Thrale
  12. Page 22. An old English poem, no name annexed to it
  13. Page 23. Invitation
  14. Page 24. Lines addressed to Miss Susan Thrale on her accusing the authour of indolence
  15. Page 26. On the death of a British officer, by Mr. Sheridan
  16. Page 30. Epigram
  17. Page 31. Lines to Mr. Cambridge, with his pencil which he had left at Streatham [Balderston, 557]
  18. Page 32. Love and reason, or, the amende honorable!
  19. Page 33. Parody of Hamlet's soliloquy written in the bookseller's shop at Brighthelmstone
  20. Page 38. Sur l'ecriture, in French
  21. Page 39. Written on a lady's fan
  22. Page 40. Epigramme, in French
  23. Page 41. To Mrs. Thrale, in her presenting the authour with a gold pen [Balderston, 216]
  24. Page 43. Translated from Metastasio
  25. Page 44. The three black crows [Balderston, 592-593]
  26. Page 47. Il dono delle tu sorelle alla spoza, alle Misses Thrale e Mrs. Mostyn, in Italian
  27. Page 48. On a lady whose lip was stung by a wasp which she bit in two
  28. Page 50. Stanzas by Voltaire, in French with three translations, [Balderston, 324-328]
  29. Page 61. 69: epigram of martial, Book 1, in Latin with translation
  30. Page 62. Improviso lines written between eleven and twelve o'clock, 1794 Dec. 31 [Balderston, 905-906]
  31. Page 63. Answer to the above
  32. Page 65. Lines addressed to Miss Sophia Thrale
  33. Page 66. Letter in verse
  34. Page 71. Translated from the Italian
  35. Page 72. On a lady's mole
  36. Page 74. Epitaph, on Fitzpatrick
  37. Page 75. Il giudizio alle Signore Thrale, in Italian
  38. Page 76. Untitled poem in Italian, with English imitation
  39. Page 78. The invention of the kiss, addressed to Louisa Crofton
  40. Page 79. Epigramme, in French, with English imitation
  41. Page 80. Romances a Esterucha por el Dia de su feliz Nacimento, in Italian with translation
  42. Page 82. Enigma
  43. Page 84. Four untitled lines [from Martial] in Latin, with six translations
  44. Page 86. Lines addressed to Miss Susan Thrale
  45. Page 87. Adriano, in Italian, with translation
  46. Page 88. Written during a violent storm, 1788 Dec.
  47. Page 90. Epitaph
  48. Page 91. Epigramme, in French, with translation
  49. Page 91. Inscription for a cold bath
  50. Page 91. Improviso lines
  51. Page 92. On hearing a lady express some uneasiness that a tree, planted on the day of her birth, was blown down by the wind
  52. Page 94. A song, descriptive of love, by Mrs. Anna Laetitia Barbauld. Previously listed as Mrs. Barbauld
  53. Page 97. Lines addressed to Elizabeth Armistead, previousle listed as Mrs. Armistead, by Charles Fox
  54. Page 98. La plus belle, in French
  55. Page 99. Lines address'd to a young lady on her writing the authour a good night
  56. Page 100. The husband's apology to his wife
  57. Page 101. Epigram on the Emperor's repayment of the British loan
  58. Page 102. Lines addressed to Sophia Thrale with a present of a padlock, heart, key, and chain
  59. Page 103. Lines by R.B. Sheridan Esq. to the memory of the late Mrs. S., by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  60. Page 104. Chanson, amoureux, in French
  61. Page 105. To a lady, upon hearing her express a certainty of dying unmarried
  62. Page 106. Extempore on being desir'd to write some lines on a tulip
  63. Page 107. Epigram, by Charles Fox
  64. Page 107. On the death of an infant
  65. Page 107a. A simile
  66. Page 108. From a gentleman to his wife, who reproached him for being inconstant
  67. Page 109. Addressed to a lady
  68. Page 110. From the Begum of Oude, to the Rt. Hon. Edmund Burke, after the manner of Shenstone
  69. Page 112. Inscription for the apartment in Chepston Castle, where H. Marten the regicide was imprisoned thirty years, with a parody
  70. Page 114. The adieu
  71. Page 115. Lines by William Spencer, Esq.
  72. Page 116. Lines addressed to Miss Mary Bouverie, on her claiming payments and arrears upon verses due to her on her birth-day last past, from a revenue officer
  73. Page 118. Epitaph on an unfortunate young lady, who died of a consumption
  74. Page 119. Chanson, in French
  75. Page 120. A party to Richmond
  76. Page 124. Orders to my porter
  77. Page 126. Inscription over a cottage door in Gwannonog Woods near Denbigh, N.W.
  78. Page 127. The embarrassment
  79. Page 128. Le plaisir des rois, et le roi des plaisirs, in French
  80. Page 131. On hearing a lady play divinely on the harp
  81. Page 132. A riddle, by Hester Lynch Piozzi
  82. Page 134. The fracas
  83. Page 138. Epitaph on Duke Hamilton
  84. Page 140. On the termination of the campaign in 1795
  85. Page 140. Addressed to the French nation
  86. Page 141. Paraphrase of the fifty-fourth ode of Anacreon, written at Harrowgate
  87. Page 142. Lines written by a lady
  88. Page 144. On Sir George Rodney...
  89. Page 145. Occasional epilogue to the tragedy of the gamester
  90. Page 148. Sent to a young lady, with a pair gloves, by an elderly gentleman of the name of Page
  91. Page 149. To Misses Susabel and Sophia
  92. Page 158. On a lady, with answer
  93. Page 159. Sent by a youth of the York Party, to his mistress of the Lancastrian, with a white rose
  94. Page 159. Vers ecrits sous un portrait de Madme. la Comtesse de Charolois, qui s'etoit fait peindre en habit de Cordelier, in French
  95. Page 160. A description of the Harrowgate ordinary
  96. Page 163. On a lady refusing to dine in company from having a blood-shot eye
  97. Page 163. Enigme, in French
  98. Page 164. Madame la Marechale de Luxembourg..., in French
  99. Page 166. By Mr. Erskine who was taken ill, when dancing with Lady Payne
  100. Page 166. Addressed to Sophia Thrale
  101. Page 167. To Shenstone's shade, with three verses in French
  102. Page 171. Lord North and the Right Hon. Charles James Fox
  103. Page 172. A caution
  104. Page 175. A ninon de l'enclos, in French, with response in French
  105. Page 178. Beth Gilert, or, the grave of the grey-hound (ballad written in 1800 by William Robert Spencer, taken from a traditional story from Wales)
  106. Page 185. Epitaph on a beautiful youth who died of love
  107. Page 186. To the lily of the valley
  108. Page 189. The renovating elixir..., epigram in French with translation by Piozzi
  109. Page 190. Letter in verse, from Piozzi to Sophia Thrale
  110. Page 192. Jeu d'esprit, upon a patient and his physician
  111. Page 194. The nursing of true love, by William Spencer
  112. Page 197. A dialogue between Lord G___y and Mr. H___d
  113. Page 204. Lines addressed to a lady
  114. Page 205. Verses written under a portrait or print of Mr. E___
  115. Page 206. Verses addressed to the three Miss Thrales, on their leaving Lowestoffe Dec. 18th
  116. Page 208. Written in a mixed company on twelfth night, 1797
  117. Page 209. Translated a l'improviso, by Piozzi
  118. Page 210. Elegy on Mrs. Bowes, who died three months after her marriage, by Lady M.W. Montague
  119. Page 211. On saving a lady from a fall
  120. Page 212. By Miss Trefusis, addressed to her own picture, painted by Shelley for Miss Bickerton
  121. Page 213. Lines addressed to Miss Trefusis
  122. Page 214. Lines addressed to Mrs. Piozzi by Helen Maria Williams on being confined to her room at Streatham Park by illness, 1797 Jan. 1
  123. Page 216. Verses on an ideot's grave
  124. Page 218. Powell
  125. Page 219. To a friend, who in some complimentary verses, had placed Miss Trefusis amongst the muses, by Elizabeth Trefusis [Balderston, 850]
  126. Page 220. Seditious ballad, 1794 [Balderston, 900-901]
  127. Page 223. Antidote to the foregoing seditious ballad, by Piozzi, 1794 [Balderston, 901-902]
  128. Page 226. A sonnet to hope
  129. Page 227. Improviso lines to Sophia Thrale
  130. Page 228. Characters of the portraits painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds hung round the library at Streatham [Balderston, 470-476]
  131. Page 240. Verses by Mr. Sheridan, with answer
  132. Page 243. Upon Mrs. Crewe, by Charles J. Fox, 1775
  133. Page 244. Verses by Elizabeth Trefusis
  134. Page 245. Melancholy reflection
  135. Page 246. On lost affection
  136. Page 247. By Genl. F___ick
  137. Page 248. An invocation to love
  138. Page 249. On an action between two Jews for slander...
  139. Page 250. After supper conversation, 1803 Oct. 31 (includes Nothing by George Henry Glasse) [Balderston, 1046-1047]
  140. Page 253. Lines written by the Princess Amelia
  141. Page 254. Verses to Sophia Thrale from Prestatyn, by Piozzi, 1804 Sept. 20
  142. Page 256. On Madame de Stael
  143. Page 257. Love will find out the way
  144. Page 259. The two Herveys
  145. Page 260. Impromptu lines by Mr. Thomas Moore a few days previous to his departure from Philadelphia...
  146. Page 262. Epigram by Garrick, on being accused by Dr. Hill of altering the letter U to the letter I in pronouncing nature
  147. Page 263. By Barbarina Wilmot, previously listed as Mrs. Wilmot, addressed to Mr. Mathias with her translations from Petrarch
  148. Page 264. Lines addressed to a lady
  149. Page 266. Verses by Piozzi
  150. Page 268. Verses by Piozzi
  151. Page 269. Lines spoken after a play acted at the Marquis of Abercorn's
  152. Page 270. These following lines have erroneously been given to various authors, but it is unquestionably the production of Mr. Mason, whose lady died of a consumption at Bristol Hotwells
  153. Page 272. To Sophia Thrale on her having produced a dissertation alluding to the amours of plants
  154. Page 274. Lines from Pietro Metastasio, in Italian, with translation
  155. Page 275. A ballad on Lord Nelson's victory and death, by Piozzi
  156. Page 276. Le tems, in French, with imitation by Piozzi in English [imitation in Balderston, 1073-1074]
  157. Page 280. Malherbe's epitaph sur un octogenaire, in French, with imitation in English by Piozzi
  158. Page 282. Canzone di Petrarca, in Italian, with translation by Barbarina Wilmot, previously listed as Mrs. Wilmot
  159. Page 302. Impromptu lines on hearing Sarah Siddons, previously listed as Mrs. Siddons read Milton, by Sir William Weller Pepys
  160. Page 303. Verses written in Cecilia Thrale Mostyn's, previously listed as Mrs. Mostyn's album
  161. Page 304. Dialogue entre Buonaparte et l'echo, 1813, in French
  162. Page 305. Dialogo fra Buonaparte e l'echo, by Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith
  163. Page 306. A dialogue between Buonaparte and Echo, by Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith
  164. Page 307. Nuptial repartee
  165. Page 308. The frolic
  166. Page 310. The death of the minuet
  167. Page 317. Lines by a gentleman to a lady, who while playing at chess with him, talked so much to him, that he lost his queen
  168. Page 318. Lines given to Sophia Thrale at a masquerade
  169. Page 320. Incantation of the witches to raise the phantom, 1789 Jan.
  170. Page 323. Lady S. to her husband
  171. Page 324. A collection of epigrams on a certain prelate, very profitably, though not very episcopally engaged over a certain card-table at Brighton
  172. Page 326. On a tear, by Lord Byron, 1815
  173. Page 327. A celebrated character
  174. Page 328. Le coeur national, le brave et bon Henri, et Louis 18, in French
  175. Page 330. On Canova's statue (in the Church of Santa Croce at Florence) being loaded with drapery, in Italian
  176. Page 331. Untitled, by Miss K. Fanshaw
  177. Page 334. Lady Byron's answer to her lord's 'Farewell'
  178. Page 336. Extempore by a gentleman in a party of ladies whose names all began with B
  179. Page 337. Untitled, by Piozzi
  180. Page 338. Epigram on Mr. Southey's poem of Roderick, King of the Goths
  181. Page 339. Answer to the author of the preceding lines, by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1787-1871)
  182. Page 340. By a beautiful youth who drowned himself for love
  183. Page 341. Hymn sung at Bromhill, Wilts., on the funeral of the Princess Charlotte, by the Rev. L.W. Boules [not before 1817 Nov. 7]

In a red quarter-morocco slipcase.

A few selections are revised from earlier versions which appear in Balderston, as noted above. Discussed in McCarthy, 253-254.


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