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A commonplace book, the paper watermarked 1822


C.W. A commonplace book, the paper watermarked 1822, with entries dated between January 22nd 1825 and December 2nd 1859. Many also note the location Clapham Common, and several are signed Bow Wow. Thirty five pages used, the rest remain blank. Thee is a full-page pencil drawing of scenery. Bound in elaborate dark green morocco wallet binding with original brass clasp. Some wear to the joints of the flap and a little rubbing. Red sugar paper end-papers. 232mm x 195mm. 1825-1859. ~ Entries are by C.W,, S.B., C.L., A.S.B., S.C.W., H. J.W, Wollaston, and are mainly transcribed verse. It opens with a four page poem “Sleep on my Babe! Nor fear to rest...”; The Gum Cistus and the Hearts Ease (by Charlotte Elizabeth); On the Occasion of a Bird Singing (by C. Fry); Lines on the partial destruction of York Cathedral by Fire, February 2nd 1829, others verses are by Cunningham, Sheridan, Mrs Barbauld and Miss Edgeworth. This appears to be related to the family of George Hyde Wollaston (1765-1841), a London businessman who lived on the West Side of the Common. He was chairman of the Thames Tunnel Company, and also published anonymously ‘Clapham and its Environs, in 1827.