MS Hyde 45
Dodd, William, 1729-1777. Poems by the late unhappy and lamented William Dodd, LL.D.,
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Call No.: MS Hyde 45
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Creator: Dodd, William, 1729-1777
Title: Poems by the late unhappy and lamented William Dodd, LL.D.,
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Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Poetry of clergyman William Dodd in printed and manuscript form, compiled after his
death by Weeden Butler.
2003J-EC147. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
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Poems by the Late Unhappy and Lamented William Dodd, LL.D., 1745-1796 (MS Hyde 45). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
The printed portions of this volume, items (5-10) and (13), have been cataloged separately
in HOLLIS. The Hyde Collection also includes the William Dodd Papers, MS Hyde 37,
consisting of material relating to Dodd's trial and execution.
William Dodd (1729-1777) attended the University of Cambridge, and was ordained as
a minister in 1752. He published a wide variety of works from 1747 onward, including
poetry, a novel, theological writings, and his most successful work, The Beauties of Shakespeare (1752). In 1767, he founded Pimlico Chapel in London behind Buckingham House, in
an effort to attract royal patronage. Dodd grew increasingly desperate for money to
pay debts. On 1777 Feb. 1, he forged the name of a former pupil on a bond in an effort
to obtain £4200, for which he was sentenced to death on May 16. Despite a vigorous
public sympathy campaign, led in part by author Samuel Johnson, clemency was not granted
and Dodd was executed on June 27.
William Dodd, Poems by Dr. Dodd (London: printed for the author, 1767)
This volume consists of seven of Dodd's published poems, bound together with what
appear to have once been several different manuscript compilations of his poems, each
paginated separately. The compilation was done by Weeden Butler (1742-1823), who had
been employed by Dodd as an amanuensis from 1764 to 1777.
Very few of the poems are in Dodd's distinctive hand. Many or most of the transcripts
appear to be in Butler's hand, based on a comparison with his 1796 introduction. Butler
did some of this transcription during Dodd's lifetime, as at least one of the original
volumes was annotated and expanded by Dodd.
The volume contains almost all of the poems in the 1767 collection, Poems by Dr. Dodd, either in printed or manuscript form, as well as many poems which were apparently
unpublished during Dodd's lifetime. The collection also includes an apparently unpublished
tragedy, Panormus and Emelinda.
- (1). Butler, Weeden, 1742-1823, compiler. Poems by the late unhappy and lamented William Dodd, LL.D., author of Thoughts in
Prison ... in the year MDCCLXXVII : autograph manuscript title page, [1796?] 1 Leaves
- (2). Butler, Weeden, 1742-1823, compiler. Contents : autograph manuscript table of contents, [1796?] 6 Leaves
- (3). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. To his book : autograph manuscript poem, 1762 Dec. 1 Leaves
Annotated by Weeden Butler: "The author's autograph."
- (4). Butler, Weeden, 1742-1823. Memorandum : autograph manuscript, signed, 1796 Feb. 23. 1 Leaves
A list of other printed works by William Dodd, which were not included in this volume.
- (5). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. The African prince, now in England, to Zara at his father's court : printed poem, 1749. 8 Leaves
Annotated by Dodd on page 13.
- (6). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. Zara, at the court of Annamaboe, to the African prince, now in England : printed poem, 1749. 8 Leaves
- (7). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. A new book of the Dunciad : occasion'd by Mr. Warburton's new edition of the Dunciad
complete : printed poem, 1750. 18 Leaves
Minor editing marks on page 27, apparently by Dodd.
- (8). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. An elegy on the death of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales : printed poem, 1751. 8 Leaves
- (9). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. A day in vacation at college, a burlesque poem : printed poem, 1751. 12 Leaves
- (10). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. An epistle to a lady, concerning some important and necessary truths in religion : printed poem, 1753. 15 Leaves
Annotated by Dodd on pages 7 and 18.
Pasted to the verso of the title page is an autograph letter, signed, from Mrs. L.J.
to [William Dodd?], complaining of her husband's "love of argumentation." This letter
is annotated by Weeden Butler: "The following note occasion'd this poem."
- (11). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. Diggon Davy's resolution on the death of his last cow and other poems : manuscript transcript poems, 1747-1761 and undated. 37 Leaves
Transcribed by Weeden Butler from a printed copy which had been annotated for a second edition, along with several
manuscript poems which had apparently been written on the blank pages. Diggon Davy's Resolution is followed by thirty pages of other poems in both Dodd's and Butler's hands. The
first seven leaves are numbered on the recto only; the last thirty pages are numbered
erratically, recto and verso. Items appear to be transcripts by Butler, unless otherwise
- Pages 1-8, recto. Diggon Davy's resolution on the death of his last cow, transcribed from the edition printed for M. Cooper in 1747, with footnotes citing
passages from Virgil (Poems, 260) .
- Pages 1-4, verso. Cicely : a pastoral in the manner of Spenser, [174-?]
- Pages 5-7, verso. Richard and Anna, or the suspicion : a pastoral
- Page 9. A pastoral
- Page 13. The parsons : an eclogue (Poems, 269)
- Page 16. An epistle from Lincolnshire (Poems, 21)
- Page 21. To two agreeable sisters, who desired verses of me in the year 1738 (Poems, 155)
- Page 22. Stanzas occasioned by the verses on two agreeable sisters (Poems, 157)
- Page 24. To the Cantabrigian alma mater : Horace ode 1, book 1 imitated
- Page 26. An ode, when absent
- Page 28. Suspence : an ode, written while waiting for the coming of a lady, 1749 (Poems, 153)
- Page 30. A true case
- Page 31. On hearing a lady say she thought there might be a medium in the marriage state
- Page 31. The mistake, to a young lady : an ode
- Page 32. An epigram on a bad minister, with a worse curate, in Dodd's hand
- Page 33. An epigram
- Page 33. To Mr. Woty, on criticising some of his verses, in Dodd's hand
- Page 33. On a statue of Cicero, in the possession of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, in Dodd's hand
- Page 34. Cydippé to Leonzo, in an unknown hand (Poems, 25)
- Page 38. Wit rewarded, or the double triumph (Poems, 46)
- Page 49. To Daniel Webb Esqr. at Bath, on reading in MS his dialogue in favor of blank verse,
1761, in Dodd's hand (Poems, 85)
- Page 50. Prologue to Milton's Comus, performed by some young gentlemen, before their parents
and relations (Poems, 88)
- Page 52. An hymn to good nature, inscribed to our remaining friends at Margate (Poems, 1)
- Page 56. On seeing Lady E---n come out of the bath
- Page 56. An epigram
- Page 56. Long verses, at Margate
- Page 57. In answer to the foregoing
- Page 58. To the sister muses
- Page 61. Cupid detected, to Miss Whiston (Poems, 53)
- Page 64. To the young lady, author of the sacred ode, the rose and butterfly, 1760
- Page 64. The man of Southgate : a poem (Poems, 79)
- Page 66. Extempore, on hearing an unseen young lady sing
- Page 66. Verses occasioned by a present of moss-rose bud, from Miss J. of Southgate (Poems, 202)
- Page 67. Advice to a poet
- Page 68. Extempore verses written in the room to the author of a low and scurrilous piece on
a respectable character at Margate, in Dodd's hand
- Page 68. Extempore, with a pencil, as passing by Hayes, Mr. Pitt's seat, in Dodd's hand
- Page 68. Written in Knowle Park, in Dodd's hand
- (12). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. Panormus and Emelinda, a tragedy : manuscript transcript play,  30 Leaves
Transcript in an unknown hand. On page 60 is an unrelated poem, The shepherd's dirge; or farewell to love, apparently transcribed by Weeden Butler.
- (13). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. An ode to the Right Honourable the Marchioness of Granby in the year 1758 : printed poem, 1758. 11 Leaves
- (14). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. A song : manuscript transcript poem, [17--] 1 Leaves
Transcript apparently by Weeden Butler.
- (15). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. The state of poetry, a rhapsody in imitation of several celebrated writers : manuscript transcript poem, 1749. 11 Leaves
Transcript in an unknown hand. On pp. 20-22 is an unrelated poem, Anthem for the use of Magdalen Chapel,
Date: 1765, set to music by Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), apparently transcribed by Weeden Butler.
- (16). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. The eighteenth book of the adventures of Telemachus, translated from the French : manuscript transcript, 1750 Oct. 20 Leaves
Transcript in an unknown hand.
- (17). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. Poems : manuscript transcript, 1748-1773 and undated. 38 Leaves
Transcripts in an unknown hand.
- Page 1. Gratitude : an ode, 1760 Aug. (Poems, 199)
- Page 3. Sonnet occasioned by reading The Truth and Importance of Natural and Revealed Religion
by S. Squire (Poems, 82)
- Page 4. Verses occasioned by seeing the Countess of Hertford in tears at the Magdalen House
- Page 7. On the death of the Right Rev. Anthony Ellis D.D., Bishop of Saint David's (Poems, 71)
- Page 9. Sonnet occasioned by hearing a young lady sing Spencer's Amoretti set to music by
Dr. Greene (Poems, 84)
- Page 10. To the author of Tristram Shandy (Poems, 61)
- Page 11. The friend, an elegy to John D--, Esq. (Poems, 74)
- Page 13. To the Lord Chancellor, in the person of a clergyman preferred by him (Poems, 76)
- Page 15. To Dr. Hayter, late Bishop of London (Poems, 86)
- Page 16. Gratitude and merit (Poems, 83)
- Page 17. To Miss Surflen, on her marriage, 1762
- Page 18. A direction where to find us at Margate, extempore
- Page 18. Happiness every where, occasioned by a lady's condemning our choice of Margate for
a place of entertainment (Poems, 166)
- Page 20. Clorinda's lamentation : on the absence of Cupid from Margate (Poems, 57)
- Page 23. The doubt
- Page 23. On seeing twenty ladies, in the whale's jaw at Birchington
- Page 24. Venus found, to Miss Kitty Lynch of Canterbury
- Page 25. To a very musical lady, who was offended at another lady's smiles at her melody
- Page 26. On a certain divine
- Page 27. An ode occasioned by a young lady's laughing at me for staying from an assembly, 1748 (Poems, 159)
- Page 28. A tale, occasioned by the same young lady's refusing to play at quadrille when asked
by a gentleman, 1749 (Poems, 161)
- Page 32. To a young hypocrite who pretended to be in love, an ode
- Page 33. To Mr. J--- on the report of Miss ---'s marriage (Poems, 117)
- Page 37. Odes of Pindar, translated from the Greek, including the 4th Olympick ode, the 6th Olympick ode, the 7th Pythian ode, and the
9th Pythian ode, 1750 (Poems, 121)
- Page 60. The third psalm, composed by David when he fled from Absalom
- Page 62. The commandments
- Page 62. The creed
- Page 63. Mr. Dryden's paraphrase of Veni Creator Spiritus, altered
- Page 65. Epitaph on Epictetus, the celebrated Stoic philosopher
- Page 66. Hannah's song
- Page 67. The song of Zacharias, 1761 Aug. 24
- Page 69. The Christian faith
- (inserted after Page 70). The Christian covenant
- (inserted after Page 70). Four sights
- (inserted after Page 70). Hymn to the supreme
- (inserted after Page 70). The debtor relieved, sketch of a sacred ode, set to music by Mr. Hook, 1773
- Page 71. The royal penitent, being a paraphrase of the LI psalm
- Page 73. Psalm C
- Page 74. Psalm CXLV
- (18). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. Hymn to hope : manuscript transcript, [17--] 3 leaves (see below).
Paginated 1 through 7; begins on verso of last page of item (18). Transcript in an
- (19). Dodd, William, 1729-1777. Poems : manuscript transcripts, 1745-1777. 40 Leaves
Pages  to  are transcripts in an unknown hand, except as noted. Pages 
to  are apparently transcripts by Weeden Butler. Not paginated. Contents:
- Page  Society, an ode (Poems, 172)
- Page  The cuckow (Poems, 175)
- Page  The apology, to Miss Innocent (Poems, 176)
- Page  A second apology, to Miss I--- t (Poems, 178)
- Page  The diet, a song, transcript apparently by Weeden Butler
- Page  A journey from Margate to Brighthelmstone, attempted in style heroic, with learned
notes by the company, 1763 Aug.
- Page  On seeing an old man begging opposite an inn at Hounslow, 1769 May 15 (Poems, 180)
- Page  To Miss F---r, written in the carriage between Henley and Oxford (Poems, 183)
- Page  Sacred to humanity (Poems, 185)
- Page 4  A resverie [sic] written in the journey to Brecon
- Page  The relative happiness of different states
- Page  Popularity, a thought from Shenstone (Poems, 190)
- Page  On seeing a single swan on the banks of the Avon (Poems, 191)
- Page  Equality (Poems, 192)
- Page  Pious memory (Poems, 193)
- Page  Ode written in the walks at Brecon, to Bp. Squire,  May 25 (Poems, 196)
- Page  Epigram, impromptu
- Page  On seeing a flock of sheep under an elm in a hot day, 1765 July 17
- Page  Epigram on a fair self-deceiver, extempore
- Page  On sitting in an oak tree, with some ladies
- Page  Written in a blank page of Mr. Law's treatise of Christian Perfection
- Page  By the same, in Dr. Young's Night-thoughts
- Page  An ode, occasioned by the Duchess of Northumberland's being prevented from coming
to the chapel of the Magdalen House by illness, 1759 (Poems, 148)
- Page  The pilgrim's progress, book I, canto I, versified in the manner of Spenser, a fragment
- Page  Song written by Dr. Dodd several years ago
- Page  The deliberation, 1774
- Page  The comforters, written by him in the prison of Wood Street Compter, 1777 Feb. 16
- Page  Lines ... when in Newgate and on occasion of his wedding day, 1777 Apr. 15
- Page  The adieu, written by him in Newgate, 1777 June 7
- Page  Translation of Theocritus' Idyllia
- Page  Tripos verses, in comitus prioribus, in Latin, 1745 Feb. 13, with a note questioning Dodd's authorship