CollectionLady Augusta Murray
Record TypeCommonplace Books
TitleLady Augusta Murray's commonplace book, labelled Vol. 5th
Datec. 1785-1797
DescriptionCommonplace book in which Lady Augusta Murray has written notes on state of mind and sentiments, in the form of notes, maxims, proverbs, riddles and anecdotes.

Volume front and back boards carry pasted images and varnish. Front cover bears four images from classical mythology, and four pasted roundels showing a range of buildings including a structure with classical columns, a vernacular hut, a stone round tower and a pyramid. On it is written "Augusta Vol. 5th [?1791]. Back cover bears several pasted cuttings and roundels, showing different types of architecture and monuments, flora and fauna, town and country life and classical mythology. The central cutting, which shows a classical figure holding a smaller figure is inscribed "Il Commendatore D. L. de Lima P. P. C.

Contents of commonplace book contains prose, verse, songs, maxims, riddles, transcriptions from letters, including love letters, and extracts from theatrical works on the subject of love, passions, affection, admiration, romance, thrills, seduction, pleasures, pleasantry, fondness, union, love lost, loveliness, virtues, goodness, simplicity, temperance, hope, humility, forgiveness, self-control, temper, character, behaviour, conduct, gentleness, sympathy, agreeableness, tenderness, serenity, kindness, pride, defects, presumptuousness, faults, blame, weakness, wisdom, folly, good sense, reflection, dispositions, counsel, rhetoric, truth, harmony, elegance, grace, morals, error, enlightenment, womanhood, marriage, the spirit, the soul, reason, genius, Greek mythology, feelings, sensibility, emotions, manners, respectability, the heart, philosophy, nature, order, natural history, creation, humanity, history, genealogy, society, civilisation, domestic life, fate, human nature, friendship, bliss, joy, delights, trials, bitterness, sorrow, anguish, misery, regret, grievances, contempt, self-love, health, worship, reverence, adoration, religion, perfection, God as creator, the will of God, youth, innocence, the passing of time, obligation, rules, delight, fancies.

f182r: "A prayer translated by Pope from Francis Xavier, & given to me by H. R. H. Prince Augustus at Rome, xber the 20th 1792".

A spine fragment is included as a loose insert.
Extent1 volume (368 pages)
Physical DescriptionVolume, bound in board with pasted images
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Creditpublished with the kind permission of SeeAbility; the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society; and Guy's & St Thomas' Charity
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