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4 bound volumes
Scope and Contents note
This series consists of 4 volumes of commonplace books kept by William Roscoe's wife Jane Griffies Roscoe before and after
their marriage. The volumes each contain contributions from Roscoe in his own hand, as well as poems written by him but copied
by his wife. They also appear to contain original work written by Jane, as well as works by poets such as William Collins,
Thomas Gray, Phillis Wheatley, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Lord Lyttleton and Samuel Johnson. Each volume contains an inscription
on the first page by Frederick Warburton Dunston, dated 3 November 1893, noting that he purchased the "volumes at Sotheby's
on or about 19 July 1887" and that the transcriber was Jane Griffies, afterwards wife of Wm. Roscoe of Liverpool." Dunston
owned 5 volumes of this commonplace, but there are now only 4 volumes and it is unclear when the fifth may have been lost.
He believed that all 5 volumes were at "one time in the possession of the late Joseph Mayer of Liverpool," who probably purchased
them "from the widow of my great uncle Richard Roscoe MD," who had been a great collector of Roscoe family documents.
The four volumes of this work are organized in chronological order.