MS Eng 1107
Gell family. Gell family commonplace book, circa 1600-1700: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Eng 1107
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gell family.
Title: Gell family commonplace book,
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Commonplace book of verse and prose formerly owned by the Gell family.
58M-229. Gift of Robert S Pirie, 14 Athens Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1959.
Note: These manuscripts were part of a collection of the Gell family that included
the autograph manuscripts of John Chalkhill, now owned by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., Sotheby sale, 16 December 1950, lot 560.
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open
Gell Family Commonplace Book, Circa 1600-1700 (MS Eng 1107). Houghton Library, Harvard
Bulk of Gell papers are deposited in Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock, England, United
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Leaves from a commonplace book of verse and prose in various unidentified hands, once
part of a collection of the Gell family.
- Gell commonplace book. MS. (various hands) of verse and prose; [n. p., 17th cent.]:
Verse (by first lines):
- (1). Adieu, adieu, o lett mee lett me goe. Unidentified hand; 1s. (1p.)
- (2). As I went forth to veiw the spring. Unidentified hand; 1s. (1p.)
- (3). Before the tyme that Chanticleere. Unidentified hand; 1s. (2p.) defective.
On verso, fragment of a love letter in prose.
- (4). Blinde fortune if thou want'st a guide. Unidentified hand; 1s. (2p.)
With 2 other poems.
- (5). Death who-ld not change praerogatives with thee. Entitled: An Elegie on the most beauteous Lady Madam Venetia Digbye. Signed: T. R.; 1s. (1p.) defective.
- Goe hunt ye stinking fox, & when th'hast been. Entitled: The mock new-yeares guift.
See: Goe hunt ye whiter Ermine (5A).
- (5A). Goe hunt ye whiter Ermine, when th'hast been. Entitled: Davena[n]ts new yeares guift to mrs Porter. Unidentified hand; 1s. (2p.)
With one other poem.
- I gave her ribons wch she wore.
See: Near Epstonstall (8).
- I sweare hadst thou not bin forsworne.
See: Blinde fortune... (4).
- (6). In the mery mounth of May. Signed: Katherine Packer; 1s. (1p.)
- (7). Man hath noe safe repose noe place of rest. Entitled: Of ye death of many good people by ye fall of a flore in black friers. Unidentified hand; 1s. (1p.)
- Mistake me not I am as colde as hot.
See: Near Epstonstall... (8).
- (8). N[ea]r Epstonstall field was set. Unidentified hand; 1s. (2p.)
With 2 other poems.
- (9). O what a plague is love how can I beare it. Unidentified hand; 1s. (2p.)
- (10). Reverend John Style for style we will not jarre. Entitled: Dulman the Clarke ot John a Style sendeth greetings. Unidentified hand; 1s. (2p.)
- (11). Shall I wastinge in despaire. Unidentified hand; 1s. (1p.)
- (12). Songs of shepherds and rusticall roundelayes. Unidentified hand; 1s. (2p.)
- (13). The base shap'd of an Elderne tree. Entitled: The sad mans garland. Unidentified hand; 1s. (4p.)
Name added: J. Vaughan.
Includes one other poem.
- The web be of the winter fleece. Entitled: The sad mans garments.
See: The base shap'd... (13).
- (14). Whats that wee see from far? the spring of day. Entitled: Hericks Epithalamine. Unidentified hand; 1s. (2p.) seriously defective.
- Why didst thou sweare.
See Blinde fortune... (4).
- (15). [Wilt] you forgive ye sin where I begune. Entitled: To Christ by John Donne. Unidentified hand; 1s. (1p.) seriously defective.
See Index of English Literary Manuscripts DnJ 1584.
- (16). You men of Britaine where fore gase you soe. Entitled: The kinges verses on the blasinge starre. Unidentified hand; 2s. (2p.) seriously defective.
- (17-30). Prose fragments, mainly medical receipts.
- (31-33). Veterinary receipts, for curing ailments of hawks and horses.