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British Literary Manuscripts Online

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British Literary Manuscripts Online provides access to facsimile images of letters, diaries, plays, poems, novels, and other literary works from 1600-1900. The collection includes major and minor authors from England, Ireland, Scotland, and even some French, Dutch, German, Roman and American contributors. Significantly represented authors include:

  • Jane Wilde
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • Horace Walpole
  • Lord Byron
  • Henry MacKenzie
  • Edward Baldwin
  • Arthur Bell Nicholls
  • Allan Ramsay
  • Sir Francis Bacon

Browse by author or search through document metadata. Use Advanced Search features to limit your searches by author, subject, title, or even item type: from prompt books to sermons to recipes. Yes, recipes – including this one, for curing a tooth ache:

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Commonplace Book, 1783-1828, containing poems (ff.1-20, most dated 1789), household and medical recipes, riddles and notes, written in several hands. 18th century AD. MS 14275. National Library of Scotland.

 

 

 

 

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