Royal love letters

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Heading to a broadside printed in two columns. Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, is dressed in an officer’s uniform and seated at a writing desk next to a window. He turns to gaze at a portrait on the wall of his mistress, Mary Anne Clark. Printed beneath the satirical illustration are a love poem and a quoted extract from a love letter, taken from the work ‘The Authentic and Impartial Life of Mrs. Mary Anne Clarke’ that was published after the Duke severed ties with her in 1809.


  • Title: Royal love letters [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Published by M.C. Springsguth, [approximately 1809]

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Acquired November 2022

Funeral procession of Princess Charlotte of Wales

printed text

A memorial to Princess Charlotte of Wales, the overall design being an image of her tomb, including a portrait of the princess and a depiction of her funeral procession directly below. Engraved text within the columns of the tomb provide the details of the procession along with Charlotte’s biography.

  • Title: [Funeral procession of Princess Charlotte of Wales].
  • Publication: [London?] : [publisher not identified], [1817]

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File 56 C47 817Fu

Acquired August 2022


A peep into the cottage at Windsor

printed title page

Frontispiece: The R-l great baby among the roses / Marks fec. King George IV, in caricature, naked except for breeches, reclines on a bed of roses, three large women (Mrs Quentin and her daughters) bend over him.

  • Author: Hunter, Roger, pseud.
  • Title: A peep into the cottage at Windsor, or, “Love among the roses”. : A poem founded on facts … Dedicated, with deep humility and profound respect, to all the noble and illustrious c-ck-lds in the House of peers.
  • Edition: Third edition.
  • Publication: London : Printed and published by W. Benbow, 269, Strand, 1821.

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763 H942 820

Acquired February 2022

The princess’s tomb : a dialogue for the nursery

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A poem, printed within black mourning border, illustrated above title with an image of an urn mounted on a plinth, her life dates engraved on the plinth; behind a weeping willow. Five stanzas of verse in letterpress at the bottom

  • Title: The princess’s tomb : a dialogue for the nursery.
  • Publication: [London] : Published for the Authoress, and sold by T. Gardiner and Son, 20, Princes-Street, Cavendish-Square; N. Hailes, London Musuem, Piccadilly; and T. Sizuer, Juvenile Library, 259, Oxford-Street, and 209, Piccadilly, [1817]

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File 56 C47 817P

Acquired February 2022

The cradle hymn

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“Heading to a broadside printed in two columns. The King, a bloated and whiskered infant, sleeps in a cradle, rocked by Sidmouth (right), a lean old woman wearing a cap and bag-wig, who sits in a rocking-chair, his clyster-pipe (cf. British Museum Satires No. 9849) on the ground. The cradle is surmounted by a pagoda with bells, and ornamented by two large crocodiles, representing the Chinese dragons of the Pavilion, cf. British Museum Satires No. 12749. On it are also a sun, with a fool’s cap in its disk, between crescent moons. Round the cradle lie toys: soldiers, mounted lancers, &c., on wheels, a cannon, a sceptre, a crown with a toy windmill stuck in it. With these are papers: ‘Divorce’; ‘Protocal’ [sic]; ‘Send her to Hell’. The infant holds a coral and bells and a corkscrew. Castlereagh sits over the fire warming a napkin. Canning (see British Museum Satires No. 13737) walks off to the left, disgustedly carrying the pan of a commode decorated with a crown and ‘G.R.’ On the chimneypiece are pap-boat, bottle of ‘Dolby’s Carminative, &c’. (Dolby was a radical bookseller, ‘Dalby’s carminative’ a well-known remedy for infants). A large ‘Green Bag’ hangs on the wall. In a doorway behind Sidmouth, inscribed ‘French Dolls’, stand two young women, in evening dress, stiff and impassive.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, printmaker.
  • Title: The cradle hymn [graphic] : new version / I.R. Cruikshank fecit.
  • Publication: [London] : Published by T. Dolby, 299, Strand, and 34, Wardour Street, Soho, [ca. July 1820]

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Acquired November 2021

William MacMurdo Duncan Scrapbook

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A scrapbook seemingly begun by William McMurdo Duncan in the 1790s, based on the earliest manuscript entry entitled “Books Belonging to William McMurdo Duncan 10th Feby. 1799” with later additions perhaps made by other members of his family, as the names of William’s wife Marianne and his daughter Helen are inscribed on the front endpaper. The scrapbook includes newspaper clippings and broadsides relating to the city of Liverpool; shipping and naval news; the Napoleonic Wars; reports of the royal families of England and France; local news stories tending to reports of dramatic accidents and crimes, including reports of the abuse of servants and presumanbly enslaved girls. Also included are two manuscript poems (1816) and a manuscript list of books. Also included is a printed form, completed in manuscript, from New College Manchester, dated “May 1st, 1797”, for a Norwegian student, “Mr. Kield Moestre” (1776-1805), which gives his grades for two months (“March & April”) of lectures in the subjects of languages, mathematics, and natural philosophy. A page from the Observer (no. 1249) from 29 October 1815 includes a large woodcut “Island of Saint Helena” with “A descriptive sketch of the Island of Saint Helena”. Clippings from a column “Cabinet”. Laid in the front are over two dozen clippings from the column “Cabinet” that provide spiritual advice about conduct of life and marriage and other religious topics dated from the 1830s.

  • Creator: Duncan, William MacMurdo, 1772-1853.
  • Title: William MacMurdo Duncan Scrapbook : printed text and manuscript.
  • Production: Liverpool?, England, circa 1795-1816.

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LWL Mss vol. 270

Acquired October 2021

An attempt to exhibit the leading events of the Queen’s life

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“Broadside; the text in five columns: small cuts I-X on the left and right, each with an eight-line verse below it; cuts XI and XII above and below the three centre columns. Cut I. The Queen’s arrival in England, and Marriage. The Prince leads her ashore from a small boat. Cut II. Taking farewell of Charlotte [1814]. Mother and daughter weep, turning from each other; the Princess approaches a ship’s boat, Cut III. Her Return–Landing at Dover [June 1820]. She is rowed to shore by two sailors. Cut IV. Her Trial in the House of Lords. A simplified but recognizable view. Cut V. Her Acquittal. She drives in an open carriage past Carlton House. Cut VI. Procession to St. Paul’s. A similar carriage scene with St. Paul’s in the background. Cut VII. The Highlanders’ Address. Highlanders in a carriage with banners (cf. British Museum Satires No. 13934). Cut VIII. Refused Admittance into the Abbey. She gestures at the partly closed door between a sentry and the rejecting doorkeeper. Cut IX. Death-Bed of the Queen. The bed surrounded by weeping mourners. Cut X. Embarkation of Her Body at Harwich. The coffin is swung by tackle into a ship’s boat. Cut XI. The Queen’s Funeral Procession at Brunswick. The coffin, with crown and royal arms, is borne towards a church door (right) where girls scatter flowers. Cut XII. Queen Caroline’s Tomb. Britannia weeps, and her Lion registers anger, beside the tomb of Caroline The Injured Queen of England, topped by a large urn on which is her bust portrait. The text includes the funeral prayer, ‘A Dirge’ and ‘An Elegy . . .’ (28 11.): 11. 7-10: ‘A seperation hardly to be borne, Her only Daughter from her arms was torn! And next discarded–driven from her home, An unprotected Wanderer to roam!’ The verses below Cut XII end: ‘For the King shall be Judg’d with the poor of the earth, And, perhaps the poor man will be greater than he. Until that great day we leave Caroline’s wrongs, Meantime, may, “Repentance” her foes o’ertake; O grant it kind POWER, to whom alone it belongs’ AMEN. Here an end of this Hist’ry we make.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: An attempt to exhibit the leading events of the Queen’s life in cuts and verse.
  • Edition: Twelfth edition.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed and sold wholesale and retail by J. Catnatch, 2, Monmouth Court, 7 Dials, [December 1821]

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File 53 C292 821A++

Acquired November 2021

An invocation to Edward Quin, Esq

book, printed text

  • Author: Jones, John Gale, 1769-1838, author.
  • Title: An invocation to Edward Quin, Esq. : as delivered at a society called the Eccentrics : on Saturday, the 26th of Nov. 1803, at the request of the members : with corrections and additions, including notes critical and explanatory / by John Gale Jones.
  • Publication: London : Printed for the author, and sold by R. Bagshaw, Bow-Street, Covent-Garden; J. Jordan, Fleet-Street; and by all other booksellers, [1804]
  • Manufacture:[London] : Printed by E. Spragg, Bow-Street, Covent-Garden.

Catalog Record

763 804 J76

Acquired April 2021

Ode on His Majesty’s recovery

title page

  • Author: Pratt, Mr. (Samuel Jackson), 1749-1814, author.
  • Title: Ode on His Majesty’s recovery / by the author of Sympathy and humanity.
  • Publication: London : Printed at the Logographic Press; and sold by J. Walter, No. 169, opposite Old Bond-Street, Piccadilly, MDCCLXXXIX [1789]

Catalog Record

53 P88 789

Acquired April 2020