This manuscript bears the names of several members of the Dumfries Short family. viz. T. Short Dumfries; Fra Short, and Miss Margaret Short her book in Dumfries. The poems include The Little Chimney Sweep, a ballad which we find published in the Juvenile Portfolio 1814; The Veil a Sonnet, published in the Belle Assemble 1807; Disappointment, signed J. J—–G Eskdale March 1813, not traced; The Negros Complaint by Cowper, and an untitled piece of 8 lines My castle is aye my ain marked unpublished. A list of the names of 6 members of the Short family all dated 1801. And a few receipts. A recent pencil note on the end paper states that Francis Short of Dumfries emigrated to Australia in 1822 and was an early settler in the Hunter Valley. Same family?