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VERSES SPOKEN ...
Verses spoken at St. Paul's School, on the public celebrations, May the 1st, 1806, and April the 30th, 1807.
London: printed by C. Spilsbury, 1807.
27, [1] p. ; 17.3 cm. (12º)

Anonymous. Dedication 'To the Revd. Dr. Roberts, ... by His Grateful Pupil, ...' signed 'R.H. Barham' and dated 27 May 1807. Dr Richard Roberts was High Master at St Paul's School, 1769--1814. Richard Harris Barham (1788--1845) was Captain of the school in 1806--08 and was later known under the name of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Everard, Kent, as the author of the Ingoldsby Legends, 1840. The 'Celebrations' of May 1st 1806 include 'Verses On The Death Of Lord Nelson' (pp. [5]--13); those of 30 April 1807 include 'Verses Spoken By F.P.R. aged 10 Years, ...' (pp. [15]--18) and 'Verses Spoken In Answer To An Oration Against Suspicion'. Soane's interest in Nelson is affirmed by the inclusion of his funeral procession in J.M. Gandy's watercolour 'Architectural visions of early fancy ...', of 1820. (SM P81) (John Soane, architect, ref. 211, no. 27 in key diagram). His engraved ticket to attend Nelson's funeral service at St Paul's on 9th January 1806 survives. (Archives NC/1).

Copy Notes Supplied in pencil on drop-head title-page of the 'Verses Spoken By F.P.R.' ^ Robinson at foot of page 15.

Binding Original C19th green paper boards, brown paper spine, without lettering.

Reference Number 1545


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