MS Hyde 35
Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821. Hester Lynch Piozzi manuscripts: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: b, Hyde Case 9
Call No.: MS Hyde 35
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821
Title: Hester Lynch Piozzi manuscripts,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box and 9 volumes (1.6 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, French, and Italian.
Abstract: Diaries, poems, and other papers of author and friend of Samuel Johnson.
*2003JM-59 (part), *2003JM-94, *2003JM-101-107, *2003JM-145(f). All material from *2003JM-59 unless otherwise noted. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
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Hester Lynch Piozzi Manuscripts (MS Hyde 35). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Other important Piozzi manuscripts are held at the John Rylands University Library
of Manchester; the National Library of Wales; and Princeton University Library. The
Houghton Library also holds a five-volume commonplace book and journal known as the
Piozziana, MS Eng 1280.
Hester Lynch Salusbury was born in Wales in 1741, and in 1763 married wealthy London
brewer Henry Thrale (1728-1781). Only four of their twelve children survived to adulthood: Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith (1764-1857); Susanna Arabella Thrale (1770-1858); Sophia Thrale Hoare (1771-1824); and Cecilia Thrale Mostyn (1777-1857). The Thrales divided their time between two London residences: at the brewery compound in Southwark, and at a larger country house at Streatham Park. After the Thrales were introduced to Samuel Johnson in 1765, Streatham Park became the center of an important coterie of literary, artistic,
and political figures.
Henry Thrale died in 1781. In 1784, Hester married Gabriele Mario Piozzi (1740-1809), an Italian musician. The marriage was widely viewed as scandalous in London society,
and terminated Hester's long friendship with Johnson. The Piozzis embarked on a tour
of Europe for two and a half years, leaving her four daughters dispersed in England
under the supervision of Henry Thrale's executors.
The Piozzis built a country house at Brynbella in Wales, and settled there as their
primary residence from 1794 to 1809. Piozzi's young nephew John Salusbury Piozzi came
to live with the Piozzis in 1798. Gabriele Mario Piozzi died in 1809, and shortly
afterwards John was formally adopted as Hester's primary heir, assuming the name Sir John Salusbury Piozzi Salusbury (1793-1858). Hester spent most of her final years in Bath, England.
Hester Lynch Piozzi's publications included Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1786); Letters to and from the Late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1788), and Retrospection, or, a Review of the Most Important and Striking Events, Characters,
Situations, and their Consequences, which the Last Eighteen Hundred Years have Presented
to the View of Mankind (1801).
Balderston, Katherine C., ed., Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1942) Broadley, A.M., Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Thrale (London: John Lane, 1910) Clifford, James L., Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs. Thrale) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1941) Hayward, A., ed., Autobiography, Letters, and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale), 2nd edition (London: Longman et al., 1861) Hyde, Mary, The Impossible Friendship: Boswell and Mrs. Thrale (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972) Hyde, Mary, The Thrales of Streatham Park (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1977) McCarthy, William, Hester Thrale Piozzi: Portrait of a Literary Woman (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985) Smith, Margaret M., et al., Index of English Literary Manuscripts, Volume III, Part 4 (London: Mansell Publishing, 1992) IV
- Balderston, Katherine C., ed., Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1942)
- Broadley, A.M., Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Thrale (London: John Lane, 1910)
- Clifford, James L., Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs. Thrale) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1941)
- Hayward, A., ed., Autobiography, Letters, and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale), 2nd edition (London: Longman et al., 1861)
- Hyde, Mary, The Impossible Friendship: Boswell and Mrs. Thrale (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972)
- Hyde, Mary, The Thrales of Streatham Park (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1977)
- McCarthy, William, Hester Thrale Piozzi: Portrait of a Literary Woman (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985)
- Smith, Margaret M., et al., Index of English Literary Manuscripts, Volume III, Part 4 (London: Mansell Publishing, 1992) IV
The papers are arranged alphabetically by title.
This collection consists primarily of Mrs. Piozzi's literary manuscripts and diaries.
Of particular significance are two diaries: the Children's Book covering 1766-1778, item (3), and a diary of a 1774 trip to Wales with Samuel Johnson,
item (32); and a quasi-diary covering 1809-1820 titled A New Common Place Book, item (18). The collection also includes two volumes of Piozzi's manuscript poetry,
items (4) and (5); two drafts of her unpublished book Lyford Redivivus, item (16); and a large portion of the manuscript of Retrospection, item (24).
- (1). Arabian tale : autograph manuscript, [1816 Apr. 3] 6s. in 1 folder.
Begins: Arabian tales -- all Oriental tales indeed; are full of imagination -- void of common
1 sheet of incomplete manuscript, with five-page typescript.
Hayward ii, 181-187 (including 28 lines missing from this manuscript); IELM, ThH 913.
- (2). "Boethius. Lib. 1, Met. 1" : autograph manuscript translation,  1s. in 1 folder.
Translation of part of The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius (d. 524), in Piozzi's hand.
- (3). The children's book, or rather family book : autograph manuscript, 1766-1778. 1 v. (95s.), in case.Hyde Case 9
Piozzi's diary of family events.
In a tan morocco slipcase.
Published with extensive annotation in Hyde, Thrales 21-218; IELM, ThH 1046.
- (4). A collection of Hester Lynch Piozzi's MSS poetry : autograph manuscript, [ca. 1810] 1 v. (119 pages), in case.Hyde Case 9
Book of Piozzi's manuscript poetry, mostly transcribed from earlier sources ca. 1810.
- Page 1. "Stanzas to locality, written among the ruins of Denbigh Castle and sent to Miss Thrale" [Balderston, 898-899]
- Page 5. "On the death of a favorite hunter call'd Fox, belonging to Mr. Mostyn" [Balderston, 953]
- Page 6. "Les adieux de l'Abbe de Lattaignant, "in French, with English translation
- Page 9. "On the weeping willow planted opposite the sun-dial at Brynbella" [Balderston, 1042]
- Page 10. "1797, Jour des rois, "in French, with English translation
- Page 13. "On Lady Kirkwall's birthday," 1802 Nov. 17
- Page 15. "An enigma"
- Page 17. "To the honorable Miss Blaquiere, who had left some ribbon and the verses on the mammoth"
- Page 18. "An invitation to Sophia Thrale from the coast of North Wales" [Balderston, 1058]
- Page 20. "To Mr. Piozzi," 1803 July 25 [Balderston, 1040]
- Page 23. "Imitation of an old English ballad sent to Lady Kirkwall," 1804 Aug. 16 [Balderston, 1056-1057]
- Page 26. "Verses written at a place called Prestatyn in Flintshire 1804" [Balderston 1059-1060]
- Page 29. "A ballad written in July 1803 when threatened with an invasion"
- Page 33. "An enigma"
- Page 35. "Impromptu, hearing the Lleweney Cannon fired on Lord Kirkwall's return"
- Page 37. "Epigram by Mrs. Thrale: a translation"
- Page 38. "Stanzas written in the root house at Shenstone's Leasowes " [Balderston, 114]
- Page 39. "Verses written by Mrs. Piozzi when Miss Salusbury before she was thirteen, on the
fall of the great ash tree in Offley Park" [Balderston, 74-77]
- Page 47. "On Buffon the celebrated naturalist becoming blind" [Balderston, 674]
- Page 48. "Epilogue to the Regent: a tragedy written by Bertie Greatheed Esq.," 1789 [Balderston, 693]
- Page 51. "Stanzas to the travelers, Marquis Trotti and Mr. Piozzi, written at Nuneham Rectory," 1791 [Balderston, 815-816]
- Page 55. "Love and time" [Balderston, 1073-1074]
- Page 57. "Charades"
- Page 58. "Lines addressed to Mr. Thrale at Harrow," 1764 [Balderston, 272]
- Page 59. "Ode to a robin red breast, written at Streatham," 1763 Dec. [Balderston, 55-56]
- Page 63. "Lines on Mrs. Siddons" [Balderston, 816-817]
- Page 65. "Prologue written for Mr. Hector at Dover, to Young's tragedy of the brothers," 1788 Nov. [Balderston, 722-723]
- Page 67. "On a clock" [Balderston, 1080]
- Page 68. "Lines written on Bounaparte's taking the star for his emblem"
- Page 69. "Verses written for Miss Hamilton to sing at Richmond House in the play of Theodosius,
or the force of love" [Balderston, 712]
- Page 71. "A rhapsody on science"
- Page 73. "A hymn to the tune of God save the King, written for the charity children of Dymerchion"
- Page 76. "Prologue to a play call'd friends and enemies by Mr. Skeffington," 1804 [Balderston, 1050-1051]
- Page 81. "A tale for the times written in 1778, addressed to an old sportsman and politician"
- Page 85. "Epitaph on old Mr. Jones of Cavendish Square" [Balderston, 999]
- Page 86. "A winter in Wales, to Mrs. Merrik Hoare" [Balderston, 1085-1087]
- Page 90. "Song for the Crown and Anchor at the time of the mutiny"
- Page 92. Untitled, translated from the French. Begins Who can describe the pretty boy
- Page 93. "On the death of the Dean of Derry" [Balderston, 1075]
- Page 94. "A ballad," 1806
- Page 95. "On the death of the celebrated Mrs. Carter" [Balderston, 1071]
- Page 96. "Written at the request of Miss S. Thrale for her album"
- Page 99. "Hymn for the opening of Dymerchyon Church" [Balderston, 1048]
- Page 100. "To the Miss Thrales in Devonshire"
- Page 104. "Lines on a teachest made out of a weeping willow planted by Pope at Twickenham and
presented by the Viscountess Kirkwall" [Balderston, 1090-1091]
- Page 106. Untitled. Begins, Oh Marmion! Tho' to critic cold [Balderston, 1095-1096]
- Page 109. "A second epilogue to Mr. Skeffington's play of friends and enemies"
- Page 112. "To Miss Marianne Frances upon her saying she preferred the willow to the laurel"
- Page 115. "Imitation of an ode of Horace" [Balderston, 1097-1098]
- Page 119. Untitled, in French. Begins, De la mort de mon dernier ami
- Page . ""
In a red quarter-morocco slipcase.
Many selections are revised from earlier versions which appear in Balderston, as noted
above. Discussed in McCarthy, 253-254.
- (5). Commonplace book : autograph manuscript, [ca. 1818] 1 v. (341 p.), in case.Hyde Case 9
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.
- Page 1. Invocation to Venus, addressed to Sophia Thrale
- Page 6. Scena nel opera di Guilio Cesare, in Italian, with translation by Charles Burney
- Page 8. The Prior of St. Catherine's Rev'd John Newton on a lady who lisp'd and stammer'd
- Page 9. Lines addressed to Miss Susan Thrale written in a fortune-telling book
- Page 10. Stanzas written among the ruins of Denbigh Castle [Balderston, 898-899]
- Page 14. On seeing a portrait of Gen'l Dumourier drawn by Sophia Thrale
- Page 16. To Mrs. Thrale upon the arrival of her present of a gold-headed cane immediately after
a severe fit of sickness
- Page 18. On seeing a drawing by Sophia Thrale of the market of love
- Page 19. Inscription for a hermitage
- Page 20. On being asked to make 20 lines impromptu on Lady G___n's assembly ten minutes before
dinner [Balderston, 554-555]
- Page 21. To Mrs. Thrale
- Page 22. An old English poem, no name annexed to it
- Page 23. Invitation
- Page 24. Lines addressed to Miss Susan Thrale on her accusing the authour of indolence
- Page 26. On the death of a British officer, by Mr. Sheridan
- Page 30. Epigram
- Page 31. Lines to Mr. Cambridge, with his pencil which he had left at Streatham [Balderston, 557]
- Page 32. Love and reason, or, the amende honorable!
- Page 33. Parody of Hamlet's soliloquy written in the bookseller's shop at Brighthelmstone
- Page 38. Sur l'ecriture, in French
- Page 39. Written on a lady's fan
- Page 40. Epigramme, in French
- Page 41. To Mrs. Thrale, in her presenting the authour with a gold pen [Balderston, 216]
- Page 43. Translated from Metastasio
- Page 44. The three black crows [Balderston, 592-593]
- Page 47. Il dono delle tu sorelle alla spoza, alle Misses Thrale e Mrs. Mostyn, in Italian
- Page 48. On a lady whose lip was stung by a wasp which she bit in two
- Page 50. Stanzas by Voltaire, in French with three translations, [Balderston, 324-328]
- Page 61. 69: epigram of martial, Book 1, in Latin with translation
- Page 62. Improviso lines written between eleven and twelve o'clock, 1794 Dec. 31 [Balderston, 905-906]
- Page 63. Answer to the above
- Page 65. Lines addressed to Miss Sophia Thrale
- Page 66. Letter in verse
- Page 71. Translated from the Italian
- Page 72. On a lady's mole
- Page 74. Epitaph, on Fitzpatrick
- Page 75. Il giudizio alle Signore Thrale, in Italian
- Page 76. Untitled poem in Italian, with English imitation
- Page 78. The invention of the kiss, addressed to Louisa Crofton
- Page 79. Epigramme, in French, with English imitation
- Page 80. Romances a Esterucha por el Dia de su feliz Nacimento, in Italian with translation
- Page 82. Enigma
- Page 84. Four untitled lines [from Martial] in Latin, with six translations
- Page 86. Lines addressed to Miss Susan Thrale
- Page 87. Adriano, in Italian, with translation
- Page 88. Written during a violent storm, 1788 Dec.
- Page 90. Epitaph
- Page 91. Epigramme, in French, with translation
- Page 91. Inscription for a cold bath
- Page 91. Improviso lines
- 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
- Page 94. A song, descriptive of love, by Mrs. Barbauld
- Page 97. Lines addressed to Mrs. Armstead, by Charles Fox
- Page 98. La plus belle, in French
- Page 99. Lines address'd to a young lady on her writing the authour a good night
- Page 100. The husband's apology to his wife
- Page 101. Epigram on the Emperor's repayment of the British loan
- Page 102. Lines addressed to Sophia Thrale with a present of a padlock, heart, key, and chain
- Page 103. Lines by R.B. Sheridan Esq. to the memory of the late Mrs. S., by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
- Page 104. Chanson, amoureux, in French
- Page 105. To a lady, upon hearing her express a certainty of dying unmarried
- Page 106. Extempore on being desir'd to write some lines on a tulip
- Page 107. Epigram, by Charles Fox
- Page 107. On the death of an infant
- Page 107a. A simile
- Page 108. From a gentleman to his wife, who reproached him for being inconstant
- Page 109. Addressed to a lady
- Page 110. From the Begum of Oude, to the Rt. Hon. Edmund Burke, after the manner of Shenstone
- Page 112. Inscription for the apartment in Chepston Castle, where H. Marten the regicide was
imprisoned thirty years, with a parody
- Page 114. The adieu
- Page 115. Lines by William Spencer, Esq.
- 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
- Page 118. Epitaph on an unfortunate young lady, who died of a consumption
- Page 119. Chanson, in French
- Page 120. A party to Richmond
- Page 124. Orders to my porter
- Page 126. Inscription over a cottage door in Gwannonog Woods near Denbigh, N.W.
- Page 127. The embarrassment
- Page 128. Le plaisir des rois, et le roi des plaisirs, in French
- Page 131. On hearing a lady play divinely on the harp
- Page 132. A riddle, by Hester Lynch Piozzi
- Page 134. The fracas
- Page 138. Epitaph on Duke Hamilton
- Page 140. On the termination of the campaign in 1795
- Page 140. Addressed to the French nation
- Page 141. Paraphrase of the fifty-fourth ode of Anacreon, written at Harrowgate
- Page 142. Lines written by a lady
- Page 144. On Sir George Rodney...
- Page 145. Occasional epilogue to the tragedy of the gamester
- Page 148. Sent to a young lady, with a pair gloves, by an elderly gentleman of the name of Page
- Page 149. To Misses Susabel and Sophia
- Page 158. On a lady, with answer
- Page 159. Sent by a youth of the York Party, to his mistress of the Lancastrian, with a white
- Page 159. Vers ecrits sous un portrait de Madme. la Comtesse de Charolois, qui s'etoit fait
peindre en habit de Cordelier, in French
- Page 160. A description of the Harrowgate ordinary
- Page 163. On a lady refusing to dine in company from having a blood-shot eye
- Page 163. Enigme, in French
- Page 164. Madame la Marechale de Luxembourg..., in French
- Page 166. By Mr. Erskine who was taken ill, when dancing with Lady Payne
- Page 166. Addressed to Sophia Thrale
- Page 167. To Shenstone's shade, with three verses in French
- Page 171. Lord North and the Right Hon. Charles James Fox
- Page 172. A caution
- Page 175. A ninon de l'enclos, in French, with response in French
- 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)
- Page 185. Epitaph on a beautiful youth who died of love
- Page 186. To the lily of the valley
- Page 189. The renovating elixir..., epigram in French with translation by Piozzi
- Page 190. Letter in verse, from Piozzi to Sophia Thrale
- Page 192. Jeu d'esprit, upon a patient and his physician
- Page 194. The nursing of true love, by William Spencer
- Page 197. A dialogue between Lord G___y and Mr. H___d
- Page 204. Lines addressed to a lady
- Page 205. Verses written under a portrait or print of Mr. E___
- Page 206. Verses addressed to the three Miss Thrales, on their leaving Lowestoffe Dec. 18th
- Page 208. Written in a mixed company on twelfth night, 1797
- Page 209. Translated a l'improviso, by Piozzi
- Page 210. Elegy on Mrs. Bowes, who died three months after her marriage, by Lady M.W. Montague
- Page 211. On saving a lady from a fall
- Page 212. By Miss Trefusis, addressed to her own picture, painted by Shelley for Miss Bickerton
- Page 213. Lines addressed to Miss Trefusis
- 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
- Page 216. Verses on an ideot's grave
- Page 218. Powell
- Page 219. To a friend, who in some complimentary verses, had placed Miss Trefusis amongst the
muses, by Elizabeth Trefusis [Balderston, 850]
- Page 220. Seditious ballad, 1794 [Balderston, 900-901]
- Page 223. Antidote to the foregoing seditious ballad, by Piozzi, 1794 [Balderston, 901-902]
- Page 226. A sonnet to hope
- Page 227. Improviso lines to Sophia Thrale
- Page 228. Characters of the portraits painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds hung round the library
at Streatham [Balderston, 470-476]
- Page 240. Verses by Mr. Sheridan, with answer
- Page 243. Upon Mrs. Crewe, by Charles J. Fox, 1775
- Page 244. Verses by Elizabeth Trefusis
- Page 245. Melancholy reflection
- Page 246. On lost affection
- Page 247. By Genl. F___ick
- Page 248. An invocation to love
- Page 249. On an action between two Jews for slander...
- Page 250. After supper conversation, 1803 Oct. 31 (includes Nothing by George Henry Glasse) [Balderston, 1046-1047]
- Page 253. Lines written by the Princess Amelia
- Page 254. Verses to Sophia Thrale from Prestatyn, by Piozzi, 1804 Sept. 20
- Page 256. On Madame de Stael
- Page 257. Love will find out the way
- Page 259. The two Herveys
- Page 260. Impromptu lines by Mr. Thomas Moore a few days previous to his departure from Philadelphia...
- Page 262. Epigram by Garrick, on being accused by Dr. Hill of altering the letter U to the
letter I in pronouncing nature
- Page 263. By Mrs. Wilmot, addressed to Mr. Mathias with her translations from Petrarch
- Page 264. Lines addressed to a lady
- Page 266. Verses by Piozzi
- Page 268. Verses by Piozzi
- Page 269. Lines spoken after a play acted at the Marquis of Abercorn's
- 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
- Page 272. To Sophia Thrale on her having produced a dissertation alluding to the amours of plants
- Page 274. Lines from Pietro Metastasio, in Italian, with translation
- Page 275. A ballad on Lord Nelson's victory and death, by Piozzi
- Page 276. Le tems, in French, with imitation by Piozzi in English [imitation in Balderston, 1073-1074]
- Page 280. Malherbe's epitaph sur un octogenaire, in French, with imitation in English by Piozzi
- Page 282. Canzone di Petrarca, in Italian, with translation by Mrs. Wilmot
- Page 302. Impromptu lines on hearing Mrs. Siddons read Milton, by Sir William Weller Pepys
- Page 303. Verses written in Mrs. Mostyn's album
- Page 304. Dialogue entre Buonaparte et l'echo, 1813, in French
- Page 305. Dialogo fra Buonaparte e l'echo, by Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith
- Page 306. A dialogue between Buonaparte and Echo, by Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith
- Page 307. Nuptial repartee
- Page 308. The frolic
- Page 310. The death of the minuet
- 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
- Page 318. Lines given to Sophia Thrale at a masquerade
- Page 320. Incantation of the witches to raise the phantom, 1789 Jan.
- Page 323. Lady S. to her husband
- Page 324. A collection of epigrams on a certain prelate, very profitably, though not very episcopally
engaged over a certain card-table at Brighton
- Page 326. On a tear, by Lord Byron, 1815
- Page 327. A celebrated character
- Page 328. Le coeur national, le brave et bon Henri, et Louis 18, in French
- Page 330. On Canova's statue (in the Church of Santa Croce at Florence) being loaded with drapery,
- Page 331. Untitled, by Miss K. Fanshaw
- Page 334. Lady Byron's answer to her lord's 'Farewell'
- Page 336. Extempore by a gentleman in a party of ladies whose names all began with B
- Page 337. Untitled, by Piozzi
- Page 338. Epigram on Mr. Southey's poem of Roderick, King of the Goths
- Page 339. Answer to the author of the preceding lines, by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1787-1871)
- Page 340. By a beautiful youth who drowned himself for love
- 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.
- (6). The death of Lord Lyttelton : autograph manuscript, [not before 1795] 3s. in 1 folder.
Piozzi's account of the death of George Lyttelton, Baron Lyttelton, in 1773. She offers an account of the premonitions which Lyttelton had before his
death, taken from William Henry Lyttelton, Baron Lyttelton (called here Lord Westcote) and Edwin Sandys, Baron Ombersley. She also offers a 1795 July 10 account from Miles Peter Andrews, who asserted that Lyttelton had appeared to him in a vision shortly after his decease.
The account is marked as page 320, and appears to be taken from a longer work. It
is housed with two sheets of packaging which claim that the account was composed by
Piozzi for Sir James Fellowes.
Published in Broadley, 292-296. A similar account of the Andrews story is in Balderston,
- (7). Metastasio, Pietro, 1698-1782. Del genio che m'accende : manuscript transcript, 1818 Dec. 15. 1s. in 1 folder.
Piozzi's transcript of four lines from an aria by Pietro Metastasio, verse XIX, in Italian.
- (8). Discharge : document signed, 1800 Jan. 3. 1s. in 1 folder.
General release by Gabriele Mario Piozzi and Hester Lynch Piozzi of claims against John Cator (1728-1806) concerning the estate of Henry Thrale (1728-1781). Signed by Gabriele Mario Piozzi and Hester Lynch Piozzi, and witnessed by William Watkins, cheesemonger of Bath.
- (10). Duty and Pleasure : autograph manuscript poem, undated. 1s. in 1 folder.
Published in Gentleman's Magazine 91 (1821), 631.
- (12). Essay on the progress of science : autograph manuscript, signed, [not after 1784]
1s. in 1 folder.
Begins: Few things have more incumbered the progress of science more than the reciprocal contempt
of its various professors...
- (13). Here are Donna Laura's wellknown verses on the Gate of Bologna with a translation
of them : autograph manuscript, [ca. 1794] 1s. in 1 folder.
The original verses in Latin; Piozzi's English translation; and Piozzi's explanation,
which describes the positive reaction of her daughter Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith circa 1794.
The same verses were recorded in 1779 by John Adams, as an inscription over the cell
of a monk at La Coruña, Spain.
See Charles Francis Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851) III, 240.
- (15). Letters to and from the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. : autograph manuscript fragment, 1788. 1s. in 1 folder.
Piozzi's footnote to Samuel Johnson's letter to her dated 1773 Feb. 19, concerning a custom at the Thrale family dinner
Published in Letters to and from the Late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1788) i, 73.
- (16). Lyford redivivus : Or, a grandame's garrulity : autograph manuscript, [ca. 1815] 2 v. (99, 91 leaves), in case.Hyde Case 9
A dictionary of English given names and their etymologies, based upon Edward Lyford's The True Interpretation and Etymologie of Christian Names (1655), with an introduction by Piozzi.
In a red quarter-morocco slipcase, with bookplate of A. Edward Newton.
Two versions of the same work, one a revised draft, and the other a clean copy apparently
prepared for publication.
Discussed in Clifford, 436-438; Hyde, Thrales 296-297; Edward Mangin, Piozziana: Or Recollections of the Late Mrs. Piozzi (1833), 13-18; and A. Edward Newton, The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections (1920), 16-17; IELM, ThH 953 and 954.
- (18). New common place book : autograph manuscript, 1809-1820. 1 v. (138 leaves), in case.Hyde Case 9
An unusual commonplace book organized both chronologically and alphabetically by initial letter. Apparently, Piozzi
began in 1809 by writing short pieces on topics beginning with the letter A. Although few pieces are dated, she apparently abandoned the project in 1809 while
still on A, resumed in 1814, had reached E when 1815 began, was on H in early 1816, was on M to begin 1817, reached Q in 1818, was just finishing up with R to begin 1819, began 1820 in S, and concluded the volume on 1820 Nov. 16 with her first T entry. Some of the pieces are essentially diary entries with headings assigned (sometimes awkwardly) to fit the alphabetical scheme;
see the entries for Leak and Life written in 1816 June. Piozzi sometimes annotated earlier entries in the margins,
and appears to have inserted other entries at a later date, but the general scheme
In a brown quarter morocco slipcase, with bookplate of A. Edward Newton.
Discussed in Clifford, 438-440; IELM, ThH 1087. Portions quoted in Broadley, 278-279,
291, 299-305; and in Hyde, Impossible Friendship 118-119.
- (20). On a weeping willow planted over against the sun dial at Brynbella : autograph manuscript, signed, 1802 Nov. 28. 2s. in 1 folder.
Poem by Piozzi, with typescript.
On verso, an untitled poem by Robert Gray (1762-1834)
Date:  in Latin with English translation.
Published in Balderston, 999, 1042.
- (21). Pedigree : autograph document, [no place] 1801. 2s., in poor condition, with one of the sheets split.Hyde Case 9, folio
Pedigree of the Salusbury family from 1070 to 1801.
See also the similar pedigree in the Keith Papers, MS Hyde 5, item (119).
In a brown quarter-morocco tray case.
- (23). Presentation inscription : autograph manuscript, 1797 July. 1s. in 1 folder.
Reads in its entirety, From the Author, July 1797.
Mounted on the verso is Samuel Johnson, LL.D., a stipple engraving of Samuel Johnson, by an unknown artist after an etching by Thomas Trotter (ca. 1750-1803), London,
Date: 1786 Nov. 16.
- (24). Retrospection : autograph manuscript, [ca. 1798-1801] 3 v. (121 p. +  leaves; 172 p. +  leaves; 57 leaves), in case.Hyde Case 9
An incomplete draft manuscript of Piozzi's history of the world.
- 1. Volume marked 1. Chapters 1 through 9, covering from the birth of Christ to 485, corresponding roughly
to chapters 1 through 8 in Volume 1 of the published work.
- 2. Volume marked 3. Chapters 21 through 26, covering from 1216 to 1454, corresponding roughly to chapters
18 through 24 in Volume 1 of the published work.
- 3. Volume marked 2d Vol., 1st Part. Chapters 1 through 8, covering from 1455 to 1600, corresponding roughly to chapters
1 through 7 in Volume 2 of the published work.
In the first volume, several pages are cut out, and two unnumbered leaves are sewn
together. In the third volume, two sets of two pages are glued together.
Bound in marbled paper covers, In a brown quarter morocco slipcase, with bookplates
of A. Edward Newton.
Published as Retrospection, or, a Review of the Most Striking and Important Events, Characters,
Situations, and their Consequences, which the Last Eighteen Hundred Years Have Presented
to the View of Mankind (London: John Stockdale, 1801). IELM, ThH 1012, 1013, 1014.
- (26). Sam Johnson's remarks on Dr. Sherlock's book intitled An apology for great men suspected
of magick : autograph manuscript, undated. 1s. in 1 folder.
Short memorandum, which despite its title apparently does not record Samuel Johnson's remarks. No book fitting Piozzi's description has been located, but it was apparently
a translation of Apologie pour tous les grands personnages qui ont esté faussement soupçonnez de magie by Gabriel Naudé.
- (27). Verses on the Streatham Park library portraits : autograph manuscript, [1815 May 9]
5s., bound, in case.Hyde Case 9
Poems on the characters of the Thrale family members and friends whose portraits were commissioned
for the family library at Streatham (London). The verses were written in 1781, and were here transcribed and slightly revised by
Piozzi for Sir James Fellowes with an introduction. Apparently enclosed in a letter from Piozzi to Fellowes, 1815
May 9. See MS Hyde 70.
Subjects (identified through Balderston):
- 1. Edwin Sandys, Baron Ombersley
- 2. William Henry Lyttelton, Baron Lyttelton
- 3. Mrs. Thrale (later Hester Lynch Piozzi)
- 4. Hester Maria Thrale (later Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith)
- 5. Arthur Murphy
- 6. Oliver Goldsmith
- 7. Sir Joshua Reynolds
- 8. Sir Robert Chambers
- 9. David Garrick
- 10. Henry Thrale
- 11. Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti
- 12. Charles Burney
- 13. Edmund Burke
- 14. Samuel Johnson
In a black and brown quarter-calf slip case.
Earlier version in Balderston, 470-476; this version published in Hayward ii, 171-180.
Quoted in Hyde, Impossible Friendship 58-59. IELM, ThH 418-466, passim.
- (29). Verses on a clock : autograph manuscript poem,  1s. in 1 folder.
Alternate version in Balderston, 1080.
- (31). Murphy, Arthur, 1727-1805. The way to keep him : manuscript transcript, undated. 1s. in 1 folder.
Piozzi's annotated transcript of a song from Murphy's 1760 comedy The Way to Keep Him: "Attend All Ye Fair, and I'll Tell Ye the Art."
On verso, an alternate song composed for the same comedy by David Garrick titled "Ye Fair Married Dames." Piozzi notes that this alternate song was composed by Garrick in her library at Streatham Park (London), with the approbation of Samuel Johnson. However, Johnson did not meet the Thrales until 1765, years after both songs were
Attend All Ye Fair published in Arthur Murphy, The Way to Keep Him (London: P. Valliant, 1760), 47-48. Ye Fair Married Dames published in Gentleman's Magazine, 1761 Jan., 37.
- (32). Welch journal : autograph manuscript, 1774 July 5 to Sept. 30. 1 v. (49 leaves), in case.Hyde Case 9
Piozzi's diary of a trip to Wales with her husband Henry Thrale, their nine-year-old daughter Queeney (later Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith) and Samuel Johnson. The itinerary included London; Lichfield (England); Ashbourne (England); Chester (England); Denbigh (Wales); St. Asaph (Wales); Conwy (Wales); Pwllheli (Wales); Shrewsbury (England); Birmingham (England); and Oxford (England).
In a green morocco slipcase, with bookplate of A. Edward Newton.
Published in Broadley, 158-219; and Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Thrale's Tour in Wales 1774, Adrian Bristow, ed. (Wrexham: Bridge Books, 1995). IELM, ThH 1090.