A political and verse commonplace of the later seventeenth century. The initial and concluding pages contain notes by G[eorge] A[shby] (Fellow and President of St John's College, Cambridge, 1724-1808), dated Barrow 30 December 1796, and Ashby's remarks and comments are scattered Thomas Baker-like throughout the work. The substantial contents are:
Ashby's thoughts on the MS are found in Gough's British Topography, i, 30, 279. Loose in the vol. is a letter from Ashby to the owner of the MS, Sir Isaac [Pennington], dated 20 Dec. 1796. In his opinion, the historical work is 'by a domestick Chaplain, or a pious woman of the family (the hand is female)'. The verses are 'in the manner of Rochester, and much too bad to allow you to show the Book to all persons indiscriminately, the best way would be to cut them out at once'.
205x155 mm. [vi]+210+[iii] pp. The loose bifolium measures 205x165 mm. folded. Pencilled accounts on p. 208. The name Christopher Dalton appears at various places, for example p. 102, where it is glossed in a later hand 'Dalston of Acorn Bank Westm[orland] / See Tour thro Gr. Br. 3. 318'. On flyleaf at the rear of the vol.: 'Samuell / Clark / 1689 / 216 / I C (?)'. The names of both Dalton and Clark appear on p. 210 under 'Mr Joseph Gascoine's house in Norfolk Street in the Strand, London'. Sir Isaac Pennington (1745-1817), Fellow and President of St John's, bequeathed the MS to the College, but it is not recorded in Cowie. Negative microfilm held in the Library.
Several distinct hands. Paper, several pp. mutilated, and five fos completely excised before p. 3. Ruled margins throughout, the text measuring approx. 175x130 mm. Some pages bear the practice impressions of an unidentified signet seal (eg, 115, 121, 123, rear endpapers). The bifolium letter is worn and fragile. Handsome seventeenth-century gold-tooled morocco binding with marbled endpapers.