Document ReferencePw V 185
TitleMS poem, entitled 'TENTAMEN de HOMINE', by Dr Sneyd Davies, being a translation of Pope's Essay on Man, Epistle 1, written in the hand of Rev. Timothy Thomas; 1 Jan. 1733/4
Date1 January 1734
Extent28 ff
Content DescriptionPoem consists of 284 lines of Latin hexameters on the odd-numbered pages, translating Pope's Essay on Man, Epistle 1, with 48 lines of the English original (Epistle 1.1-48) on the facing pages up to page 10.

The text is a translation of Pope's Essay on Man, Epistle 1; and includes corrections and revisions.

Text dated on p 53 'Jan.1.1733 D[eo] G[ratia]'

On the front is a quotation from Horace, Satires 1.4.41-2.

According to Francis Needham, librarian to the 6th Duke of Portland, the manuscript is in the hand of Timothy Thomas, chaplain to Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford; Thomas was a close friend of Sneyd Davies.
Title Of Work[Essay on Man]
First Line of PoemAwake!, my Laelius, leave all meaner Things
Surge, age, mi LAELI!, Nugas Regumq<ue>superba
Last Line of PoemAnd all the question
Quodcunq<ue> Est, Rectum est, agnosce; at<que> hinc sapere {infi} aude
Physical Description28 quartos, paginated 1-50
Descriptive FeaturesWatermark: Arms of Anne, Queen of Great Brtain within crowned garter, 90 x 64 mm

Countermark: Royal Cipher, crowned GR flanked by palm fronds within a circle, 45 x 45 mm

Unbound; seven gatherings each of four quartos.
WatermarkArms of Anne
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Publication NoteJ. Nichols, Illustrations of Literary History (1817) vol I, p 511

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1110Needham; Francis (1900-1971); Mr; librarian to the 6th Duke of Portland1900-1971
NA1047Harley; Edward (1689-1741); 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; styled Lord Harley 1711-17241689-1741
NA72860Davies; Sneyd (1709-1769); Dr1709-1769
NA1123Pope; Alexander (1688-1744); poet1688-1744
NA72779Horatius Flaccus; Q. (65-8 BC); Horace; Roman poet65-8 BC
NA72804Thomas; Timothy (c.1694-1751); Rev.; chaplain to Edward Harley 2nd Earl of Oxford; brother of William Thomasc.1694-1751
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