File NLW MS 23698C. - Owenite verse,

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NLW MS 23698C.


Owenite verse,


  • 1830-1847. (Creation)

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viii, 185 ff. (paginated 1-367 with errors; ff. v-viii, pp. 268-365 blank; text mostly on rectos) ; 250 x 200 mm. Vellum covers over boards with single and double blind fillets, 'Winbolt / St Paul's' stamped in gold at base of spine; marbled paper endpapers with label of B. J. Winbolt, stationer, 48 St Pauls Church Yard, London, inside front cover.

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John Drury; Manningtree, Essex; Purchase; July 1997; B1997/35.

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A volume, 1830-1847 (watermark 1830), containing fair copies of verse composed between 1829 and 1847 by H. W. Mortimer of Islington, later of St Mary Church, Devon, and of Fersfield, Norfolk, a Unitarian and follower of the social reformer, Robert Owen. Much of the work, 1830-1832, is in praise of Owen and his communitarian ideals, but it also includes satires on some sections of the English clergy, as well as verse dedicated to family and friends.
Subjects of some of the verses include Arthur Wellesley, 1st duke of Wellington, 1829 (pp. 1-3), William Johnson Fox, Unitarian preacher and writer, 1829 (pp. 21-25), the Rev. Thomas Belsham, Unitarian minister, 1829 (pp. 21-25), John Howard, the philanthropist, 1830 (pp. 35-37), the London Female Penitentiary, 1830 (p. 44), Mary Leman Grimstone, novelist, 1832 (pp. 137-139), Marianne Prowse, poet, 1834 (pp. 225-227), the Rev. Thomas Mortimer, priest and theological writer, 1835 (p. 231), and the Rev. Richard Cobbold, Wortham, novelist, 1845 (p. 263).

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23698C.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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May 2009.


  • English



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Description revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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