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Print of Jean-Paul Marat
Crewe MS/5/f. 1v · Part · [c. 1793]
Part of Crewe Manuscripts

Engraved by Auguste Sandoz from a drawing by François Bonneville. Captioned ‘Jean Paul Marat, Né à Genève L’an 1743. Député du Dépt. de Paris, à la Convention Nationale.’ This impression lacks the printer’s address which appears on the British Museum impression, but it may have been cropped.

Crewe MS/7/f. 57r · Part · 28 Nov. 1787
Part of Crewe Manuscripts

The date is puzzling, as Gordon was not taken into the marshal’s custody till 9 Dec. See the New Annual Register … for the Year 1787 (1788), p. 48. Perhaps the writ was issued in anticipation of Gordon’s arrest.



George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. To the Marshal of our Marshalsea in our Court before Us or his Deputy Greeting. We command You that You have before our Trusty and well beloved Francis Buller Esquire one of our Justices assigned to hold Pleas before Us at his House in Lincolns Inn Fields immediately after the Receipt of this our Writ the Body of George Gordon Esquire commonly called Lord George Gordon being committed and detained in our Prison under your Custody [(as it is] said) together with the Day and Cause of the taking and Detain[ing] of the said George Gordon Esquire commonly called Lord George Go[rdon] by whatsoever Name the said George Gordon is called in the same to undergo and receive all and singular such Things as our said Justice shall then and there consider of concerning him And have You then there this Writ Witness William Earl of Mansfield at Westminster the twenty eighth Day of November in the twenty eighth Year of our Reign
By the Court Templer

F: Buller
The Execution of this Writ appears in a certain Schedule hereunto annexed.
Jas Walker
Marshal KB


A parchment document bearing stamps of various kinds. The right-hand edge is worn, and the ends of a few lines have been lost.

Crewe MS/8/f. 23r · Part · 17 Feb. 1839
Part of Crewe Manuscripts


Highgate, Feb. 17th. 1839.

Proposal for establishing an Aëronautic Fraternity.

The object of the undersigned is by the Association, to collect all books, Manuscripts, prints, drawings, Medals and other matters, which have ever been published on the science of Aërostation; and by interchange and procuration to aid in rendering our volumes of collections, as complete as chance or circumstances may empower us severally and collectively.

[Signed by:]
Chas Green President
F[?] Green
William Upcott {1}
Edward Spencer
Jacob Henry Burn
J[?] Green


The word ‘Ballooning’ has been added at the top in pencil.

{1} The scrapbook of aeronautica collected by Upcott is now in the Smithsonian Institution.

Crewe MS/8/f. 24r · Part · 19 and 22 Aug. 1840
Part of Crewe Manuscripts


Highgate Augt 19—1840

My dear Sir /

Having been Compelled to delay my visit to Norwich in Consiquence of the desperate state of the weather on Monday the day I ascended and having experienced a very rough landing owing to the extreem violence with which the wind raged on our nearing the earth. various reports are in Circulation respecting the Injury I sustained as such I feel anxious to acquaint you & my Friends in Norwich that altho I have received several severe Concustions[?] & Slight Bruises and am not alltogether free from their Consiquent pain I am not suffering near so much as I did from my lamenes I experienced when you accompanied me to see Hampton ascend and I have but little doubt I shall be sufficiently recovered to be with you within a week, Had my decent been ever so favorable the Balloon & Nett is in such a deplorable wet Condition from the heavy rains that fell during its Inflation that I could not possibly leave London till after a fine day or 2 enables me to dry it for if left in the state it is, it would soon be unfit for use again, I shall at all events endeavor to send the Balloon with its appendages & my portfolio of prints on aerostation (for your Inspection) by the Steamer which leaves London Bridge on Saturday evening or Come down with it by the one that Leaves on tuesday Next, I wrote a few lines to my friend Crowshay yesterday but fear too late for Post owing to my time having so much occupied by answering friendly enquiries with best respects to all who are so kind as to enquire after me

I remain
my dear Sir
Your[s] very truly
Chas Green

To P N Scott Esqr


The spelling and punctuation are occasionally irregular.

† Sic.

Crewe MS/8/f. 37r · Part · 1 June 1831
Part of Crewe Manuscripts


A Sa Majesté la Reine des Français.


Un de vos plus fidèles sujets a l’honneur d’adresser à Votre Majesté une respectueuse invitation pour qu’elle daignat honorer de sa présence le double spectacle des course de chevaux libres et de l’ascension d’un Aéronaute avec une flotille de cinq Ballons pourvoisés qui devaient avoir lieu au champ-de-Mars dimanche dernier.

La fête de Versailles où Votre Majesté devait assister, ne m’ayant pas permis d’espérer qu’Elle pût satisfaire à nos vœux, je me suis empressé de remettre mon Ascension au dimanche suivant 5 Juin.

Je viens encore supplier Votre Majesté de vouloir bien m’accorder la précieuse faveur que j’avais sollicité, et de daigner honorer de sa présence la fête du champ-de-Mars, dédiée à la Garde Nationale. Cette faveur serait un sujet de joie bien vive pour la nombreuse population qui sera dumoins† je l’espère, témoin de mon expérience et sutour pour celui qui ose ce dire Madame,

De Votre Majesté,

Le très-humble, très-obéissant et très-fidèle sujet,
Eugène Robertson

Paris, le 1er Juin 1831.
Place des Victoires, No. 5.


† Sic.

Crewe MS/9/f. 30r · Part · 4 Dec. [1846?]
Part of Crewe Manuscripts

Curzon Street, (London).—Is unable to see him before he goes to Paris or write him an introductory letter to Mrs Graham.

(Dated Friday, 4 Dec. Numbered 34.)



Curzon St Friday 4 Dec[embe]r

I am sorry not to be able to see you before you go to Paris, & not at present in a state of mind to write you such an introductory letter, as I should wish, to Mrs Graham—But you will find many persons at Paris who will introduce you to her, & when you return, I hope I shall be able to profit by your account of your intercourse with her, & with your view of the present curious state of the public mind at Paris—I am always very sincerely y[ou]rs

M Berry

Crewe MS/9/f. 30r · Part · 14 Dec. [1846?]
Part of Crewe Manuscripts

Curzon Street, [London].—Sends a message to introduce him to Mrs Graham.

(Black-edged paper. Dated Monday, 14 Dec. Numbered 35.)



Curzon St Mond[a]y 14 Dec[embe]r

I was much obliged to you for your note from Boulogne, & shall be made more obliged to you if you will write to me from Paris—As it is a country I am not a stranger to I shall understand you à demi mot—

If you are not already introduced to Mrs Graham, which I have no doubt is the case—Shew her the lines I have written on the other side of this Sheet {1}, & I think you will need no other introduction—

Pray do not let the agréemens† of Paris detain you too long from your friends in London among whom I hope you will always reckon—

M Berry


{1} The introduction was presumably written on the other half-sheet, which has been cut off.

† Sic.

Crewe MS/10/f. 3r · Part · [18th c.]
Part of Crewe Manuscripts

First line: ‘Fine Women are delicate things’.



A Dialogue between two Brothers

Fine Women are delicate things
The Comfort and Joy of Man’s Life
Companions for Nobles and Kings,
Then who would but have a good Wife

Brother Billy O what do you mean?
Are not Women the Authors of Strife,
Many desperate Snares have I seen.
Then who would be plagu’d with a Wife?

When a Man’s incumber’d with Care
She’ll help for to Nourish his Life:
And part of the Burthen she’ll bear.
Then who would but have a good Wife

But they’ll plunder my silver and Gold
And ramble abroad to the life
Besides they are give to Scold,
Then who would be plagued with a Wife

Oh! why do you covet your wealth
It will bring you to sorrow and Strife
When you came of a Woman yourself
Then why should you hate a good Wife

I hate not a Woman he cryed
But O the sad Name of a Wife
I cannot endured† to be tyed
To Sorrow all Days of my life

Besides they have flattering tongues
They’ll Cousin a Man out of his Life
Ah! and Cuckold us when we are young
The[n] who would be plagued with a Wife

Crewe MS/10/f. 4r · Part · [18th c.]
Part of Crewe Manuscripts

‘Introduction to all the Toasts.’
First line: ‘Such is the List of Our Heroick Fair’.

‘On the Dutchess of Queensberry.’
First line: ‘Fair Patroness of Wit and Liberty’.

‘On the dowager Dutchess of Marlborough.’
First line: ‘Tell me no more of Youth, this Glass shall Boast’.

‘On the Countess of Denbigh.’
First line: ‘Walpole this Charge to Noble Denbigh Gave’.

‘On the Countess of Burlington.’
First line: ‘Walpole may Give himself strange Airs’.

‘On Miss Barnard.’
First line: ‘O! Sprung from Barnard London’s proudest Boast’.

‘On the Lady Wallace.’
First line: ‘Thou Patriot Dame, whose Generous Bosom Shares’.

‘On Young Lady Walpole.’
First line: ‘Go Spritely Rolles, Go traverse Earth and Sea’.

‘On Mrs Cantillion.’
First line: ‘Illustrious Sons of Liberty and Will’.

‘On Miss Jenny Johnson Niece to Sir John Barnard.’
First line: ‘Since in this Circle of the Brave and Great’.

‘On Lady Harvey.’
First line: ‘While Witt or Beauty boast a Charm’.

‘On Miss Peggy Hays.’
First line: ‘Unequal’d say what Matchless Dame’.

‘On Miss Fowler.’
First line: ‘Bacchus Crown the Swelling Bowl’.

‘On Miss Delmé.’
First line: ‘Let Some let Virtue and discerning Taste’.

Crewe MS/10/f. 8r · Part · [18th c.]
Part of Crewe Manuscripts

First line: ‘I said to my heart betwixt sleeping and waking’.



I said to my heart betwixt sleeping & waking
Thou wild thing that art always leaping & aking
For the black, for the fair, in what Clime or nation
Hast thou not felt a pit-a-pat-tation?

Thus Accused the Wild thing gave this sober reply,
See the heart without motion, tho’ Celia {1} pass by,
Nor the beauty she has, nor the wit that she borrows
Gives the eyes any Joy, or the heart any sorrow

When our Sapho {2} appears, whose wit’s so refin’d,
I am forc’d to applaud with the rest of mankind,
Her charms are confess’d her Spirits & fire,
Every word I attend; but I only admire.

Prudentia {3} as vainly doth put in her claim,
Ever gazing at Heaven, yet man is her aim.
’Tis love not Devotion, that turns up her eyes,
Those Starrs of this world are too good for the skies.

But my Cloe’s so easy so lively so fair,
Her wit so genteel, without art without Care,
When she comes in my way, Oh! the motion & pain
The leaping and aking, they return all again.

Thou Wonderful Creature, a woman of reason,
Never grave out of pride, never gay out of season,
When so easy to Guess who this Angel should be,
Would one think Mrs Howard ne’re thought, it was she


{1} In the margin: 'Mrs Harvey'.

{2} In the margin: 'Lady Mary Wortley'.

{3} In the margin: 'Mrs Meadows'.