Thomas Sutton commonplace book

manuscript notebook

A commonplace book kept by Thomas Sutton starting on 5 November 1819 in which he records anecdotes, quotations, epigrams, drinking toasts, many directly related to his home Nottingham and indicate the pride he feels in its history and people. He begins with a passage from John Blackner’s “The history of Nottingham” (1815) extolling the virtue of Nottingham men with a passage recounting an episode during the Glorious Revolution of 1688, followed by several passages from a range of sources in praise of Nottingham and its men, prominent political figures — Lord Grafton, Lord Dundas, Thomas Paine — and stories of local personalities. Nottingham ale warrants several pages of discourse. He provides a lengthy account of a canal boat accident, which is illustrated with a line-drawn plan followed by an extract from Christian Ignatiyus Latrobe’s Journal of a visit to South Africa in 1815 and 1816 about the destruction done by wolves at Groenekloof and the attempt of the missionaries and the native people to hunt them down and a confrontation with a tiger. Also included are copies of four letters sent by his uncle Charles Peck relating to his volunteering for an expedition to the Congo with Major Peddie, his trip along the River Gambia to Senegal, and a letter from Sierra Leone announcing his uncle’s death with a discussion of the money due him from the expedition. The remaining bulk of the volume contains excerpts from The Nottingham Review, toasts, poems by Pope, Thomas Paine, Robert Burns, Thomas Moore; comical stories as well as political events including the death of King George III. He provides a detailed, alphabetic list of the towns, boroughs, and remarkable villages in England and Wales. He relates a story about a wager laid by Colly Cibber and Pope; a woman named Jenny Hickling of Nottingham, bedridden for 61 years and other stories that piqued his attention. His interest in Africa continues in 1823 when he copies several pages from Campbell’s Travels in Africa.

  • Author: Sutton, Thomas, author.
  • Title: Thomas Sutton commonplace book : manuscript.
  • Production: Nottingham, England, 1819-1826.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss vol. 266

Acquired July 2021

Covetousness

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An illustrated manuscript leaf in an 18th-century hand. In the upper portion of the recto side is a large vignette of a man in traditional Jewish garb, seated at a table, weighing coins as they spill from two cornucopias, one to each side and held by a cherub whose faces are turned away; the table is covered with coins. The prose text below is captioned “Covetousness” and consists of seven lines beginning: “Every step that a man makes beyond a moderate & reasonable Provision, is taking so much from the worthiness of his own spirit. …” This quote is taken from an popular 18th-century British courtesy book that appeared in many editions but was first published in 1715.: The Gentleman’s Library, containing rules for conduct in all parts of life. The scribe writes using Gothic lettering in pen and brown ink and decorates the perimeter of the the text and image with billowing flourishes. Printed above in a ribbon banner is a saying from Horace, “certum voto pete finem”–“set a definite limit to your desire.” On the verso written in pencil by a contemporary hand : Mind the noblest, he the law of Kings The noble mind distinguishes perfection It aids & strengthens virtue where it meets her ‘Tis not to be sported with.

  • Artist: Castle, William, active 1785, artist.
  • Title: Covetousness : manuscript / Wm. Castle.
  • Production: England, 1785.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 152+

Acquired June 2020

Sketchbook of views, landscapes, ruins, castles…

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Album of ca. 40 pen and ink, wash, and one color drawing of scenes in Yorkshire, most dated (30 April 1799-9 June 1801) and “drawn on the spot”, with the artist’s identification of the locales, buildings, and ruins. The first is dated April 30th 1799 and is a view of Fountain’s Abbey and followed by several sketches of ships and trees, a cottage, and two views of a bridge with a village in the distance. These sketches are followed by a series 24 non-sequentially numbered sketches, half of which are half-page oval designs. Six more drawings — wash, pencil, or ink — follow executed in 1801. The penultimate leaf contains a pencil drawing of The ruins of Wallop Church, dated Ap: 15th 1805 on the verso and a rough sketch of a scene on the verso. The final leaf is a wash drawing of a vista and is signed E. Johnson, JPearson, JPearson and is undated; another rough pencil drawing of trees and tower on the verso.

  • Creator: Pearson, John, 1777-1813.
  • Title: [Sketchbook of views, landscapes, ruins, castles, etc. in Yorkshire].
  • Created:[Yorkshire, England], [between 1799 and 1805]

Catalog Record

Folio 75 P359 805

Acquired before 2002

An architectural inspection

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Unsigned drawing of two men, one of whom may be the architect, looking over an active construction site with work men engaged in various activities on the ground and on the scaffolding around a townhouse(?).

  • Creator: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
  • Title: [An architectural inspection] [drawing].
  • Created: [England,[180-?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings R79 no. 12 Box D145

Acquired August 2007

Pitter and Slipper, lacemen and embroiderers…

Pitter and Slipper, lacemen and embroiderers : No. 39 Strand, London : an elegant assortment of foiles, foil, shapes , &c.

[London, not before 1792?]

File 66 792 P688

A design for a trade card, with text in manuscript. 1 drawing on laid paper : pen, ink and watercolor ; 10 x 7 cm.

Pitter and Slipper, lacemen...On the verso are notes, presumably to the engraver of the plate being commissioned?

Detail of versoSubjects (Library of Congress): Lace industry–England–London.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: October, 2010