A collection of poems by Philip Howard beginning with “Privacy, a poem (in 3 parts) written in the year 1777” which appears on the first 17 leaves. Another version of a portion of the poem (starting at line 180) appears on the blank sides of five letters addressed to Robert Ellison, Esq. Great Merrybone Street, London. The poem is prefaced by a prose “Argument” and a sonnet addressed to William Mason as suggested by later references within the poem. The next two sonnets, on separate leaves, are also presumably by Howard. The first lines are “Ye, who delight your day of youth to wear” and “When to the tabor’s beat, & sounding wire”. The final section of ten leaves contains drafts of a poem identified in a preliminary note in an unidentified hand as “Poem (unfinished) on Greece & the Classic Poets, by Philip Howard of Corby c[irca] 1778. Origl. autograph ms. A clever composition.” ; Philip Howard of Corby Castle, Cumbria, poet and antiquarian, was the great-great-grandson of Lord William Howard (1563-1640).
- Author: Howard, Phillip, 1730-1810.
- Title: A collection of poems, 1777-1778.
Acquired May 2012