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PwV - Literary Manuscripts in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection, 16th-19th centuries
Pw V 531
MS poem entitled 'The South Sea Whim'; n.d.
Text consists of eight 6-line verses plus refrain.
Glosses that the poem should be sung 'To the tune of - All you Ladys now at hand'.
Endorsed by Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford 'Song 1711 Octo<be>r Libel on South Sea Act sent by D: Marlbourough to her friends'.
Title Of Work
The South Sea Whim
First Line of Poem
To you fair Traders now ashore
Last Line of Poem
And heave the Rogues into the Sea
One folio folded once to form two quartos
Countermark: Letters HIB, approx. 13 x 56 mm
A Pill to Purge State Melancholy (London, 1716, 3rd ed.) pp 93-95
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Dates of existence
Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-1714
Churchill; Sarah (1660-1744); Duchess of Marlborough; née Jennings; dau of Richard Jennings of Sandridge; m John Churchill 1st Duke of Marlborough 1678
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