SHORT Family of Dumfries

A Manuscript Commonplace Book kept by a member of the Short Family of Dumfries containing a selection of poems, a Sonnet and a Song, some taken from regular Authors, some from local newspapers, and some seem to be original unpublished.


4to., 45 pages, written in several hands, a few pencil drawings, two poems cut from newspapers (probably added later), in original half calf, marbled paper sides, wear and weak joint.


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Product Description

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not traced; ”The Negro’s Complaint” by Cowper, and an untitled piece of 8 lines “My castle is aye my ain” marked “unpublished”.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?