Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Add. a. 301 (Oa01)

Personal miscellany containing material to ca. 1700, arranged in four `books’. Bookplate `Toujours le même’. `W. Cole. 1756′ and later owner identifications. In bottom left corner `Bought 18 Mar. 1685 for 30s. from G: P. Johnston, Edinburgh’ [but can’t be right date(?)]. Quarto – oblong? – with index at front. Several translations by `Gerard’. Huntingdon connections. Includes a long prose tract on the management of the passions. To begin with this is written on rectos only; having reached the end it returns upside down on versos, being followed by a correspondence of 1662-3 on conformity between William Hayes, rector of Papworth Agnis, Hunts and his nephew G. Cater, and other items. In same (non-professional) hand throughout. Includes post-Revolutionary, including Jacobite, material. Modern foliation in small roman, and contemporary pagination.


First book

Stolen or lost from the archbishop and his brethren Oa01*0.1 (f. iir)
they shall be well rewarded for their pains
<A satyrical advertisement [prose text below the end of TC] [not in TC]>

<On the crowing cock and lion couchant>

<First title in TC, crossed out>


Come all you brave boys whose courage is bold Oa01*1 (ff. iiv-iiiv)
For the sword shall maintain me as long as I live
<The commission, or rodomantade of Captain Every, just after he run away with the ship Charles the second from the Groyne, and went on the pirate trade; which (with allowance to sailor’s verse) may be an acceptable curiosity [not in TC]>

Hic jacet / Ecclesia anglicana Oa01*2 (f. ivr) (p. 12)
Et patriarcha non baptizatus
<Lib. 1. 9. Horæ subsecivæ, or miscellanies in prose and verse. Epitaphium ecclesiæ anglicanæ Jesuiticum>

Infelix religio infeliciores subditi Oa01*2.1 (f. ivr) (p. 12)
Queis rex abdicatus / cui nullus papa
<E contra [2 lines] [not in TC]>

Whilst that our English church in ashes lies Oa01*3 (ff. ivv-vir) (pp. 13-16)
The Church of England will survive the pope
<Gerard’s response in paraphrase to the Jesuitic satyr on the Church of England>

Quis negat auriacum natum sub stirpe Neronis Oa01*4 (f. vir) (p. 16)
Expulit hic matrem sustulit ille patrem
<A Jacobite distich in satyr on King William [not listed separately in TC]>

Nassau knight errant of our church chose rather Oa01*4.1 (f. vir-v) (pp. 16-17)
By land at sea strike to our faith’s defender
<The loyal protestants’ response to the above distich, in plain English or Gerard’s allegiance to the present government [end: Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur ab illis]>

Octogesimus octavusque Hyspanicus annus Oa01*5 (f. viir) (p. 18)
Funere clausa freto jacet atque Hyspano Britanno
<Epitaphium Tryumphale. De victoriâ navali in Gallos anno 1692>

An eighty-eight year brought in Spain’s armado Oa01*5.1 (f. viir) (p. 18)
France lies entombed with Spain i’th’ British seas
<In English thus [not listed separately in TC]>

Second to royal Jove great Russell’s thunder Oa01*5.2 (ff. viir-viiiv) (pp. 18-21)
Heaven crown poor Jemmy Monsieur be beshit
<Gerard’s paraphrase on the same [end: Omnes drownderunt – Swime away – Qui non potuerunt. – By the Old Cavalier, is neither for Turk, Pope nor Devil]>

When zeal for God inspires the breast Oa01*6 (f. viiiv) (p. 21)
In Bethlem and at Bedlam nursed
<Verses made by a lunatic scholar <Carkesse> in Bedlam who thought himself not mad>

Clauserat obscuro cum me medicastor in antro Oa01*7 (f. ixr) (p. 22)
I nunc et solem doctor inique nega
<Another by the same lunatic occasioned on a lady’s peeping at him in his den [not listed separately in TC]>

When quack me lodged in dark obscure cell Oa01*7.1 (f. ixr) (p. 22)
Than Venus’ star what can appear more bright
<Gerard’s translation. By paraphrase [not in TC]>

Captus amore procus cæcaque cupidine ductus Oa01*8 (f. ixv) (p. 23)
Non cupit hic sponsam nec timet illa virum
<The maiden conjugates>

Enflamed by love and led by blind desires Oa01*8.1 (f. ixv) (p. 23)
He loves no longer and she’ll fear no more
<Englished by Lord Dorset [not listed separately in TC]>

I could love thee till I die Oa01*9 (f. xr-v) (pp. 24-5)
These are the only sweets of love
<The platonic lady. By Lord Rochester>

The clog to our pleasures and luggage of life Oa01*10 (ff. xv-xir) (pp. 25-6)
Is a hell upon earth worse than that which comes after
<Contra conjugium, or, a satyr on wedlock [incomplete]>

Oft have I seen the heavens so black you’d think Oa01*11 (f. xir-v) (pp. 26-7)
The clouds did penance in a sheet next day
<Verses made by Mr John Cleveland the poet. On a lady who died in the night, and much snow fell before next morn>

The earth with thirst did gape but now I think Oa01*12 (ff. xiv- xiir) (pp. 27-8)
To kiss the cook I may not grutch my fate
<An imitation of the aforesaid Mr Cleveland’s poem, writ on the death of Mistress Anne Taylor the wife of Mr Th: Taylor schoolmaster in Hungtington, who died in a droughty year, yet much rain was at her funeral. per G.C[ater] gent>

I that so oft have robbed am now bid stand Oa01*13 (f. xiir-v) (pp. 28-29)
His mercy far exceeds severity
<Verses made by Mr Clavell to King James the first, which gained his pardon at the gallows etc. Mr Clavell’s recantation>

‘Tis billa vera I must smart Oa01*14 (ff. xiiv-xiiir) (pp. 29-30)
There is a pardon by consent
<Verses in imitation of Clavell etc made to retrieve a schoolboy from the rod who was taken ipso facto a-robbing an apple chamber etc [not in TC]>

Thus drinking round hath end ah fond delight Oa01*15 (ff. xiiir-xivr) (pp. 30-2)
And thus you have the end of an old story
<On the death of the eminent good fellow old Edward Story of Gravely in the County of Camb[ridge]>

Is Fullwood gone then woe is me Oa01*16 (ff. xivr-xvr) (pp. 32-4)
Love understood preserved alive
<A pindaric poem in memoire of Dr W[illia]m Fullwood a physician in Huntington, and in return to his ingenious discovery of love concealed in Gerard’s mistress etc>

In hope of speedy resurrection Oa01*17 (f. xvv) (p. 35)
Was anti-Christian self-denial
<An epitaph on Passive Obedience executed for high treason against our sovereign lords the people. By virtue of a warrant from 6 or 7 bishops and others of the inferior clergy [end: Ætatis suæ 88] [not in TC]>

Second book

To be subject to passions is one of the indispensable conditions of humanity Oa01*18 (pp. 1-143)
by the good employment of the motions of our soul. Finis
<The Government of the Passions by way of Abstract. Vincere cor proprium plus est quam vincere mundum. 1693. By W: A[yloffe] Esq. The 1st part. [title page on f. xvir] [prose text] [TC lists chapter titles individually] [new pagination begins for the first page of the text as `Lib. 2d’; text on pp. 1-129 (rectos), then continues working from the back, with verso of p. 128 as p. 130 etc to p. 143]>

Madam / Premising you are safe returned to town I made bold to acquaint you Oa01*19 (p. 129bis)
and so return without doing the kingdom a pennyworth of service
<A copy of a letter was given me by my cousin SC: of Kempston and written in a tarpaulin style [prose letter on the last upright page]>

Third book

Sir / I have lately been reading Mr Thomas Fuller’s Worthyes Oa01*20 (p. 144)
your most dutiful nephew and affectionate humble servant G. Cater
<A letter to the reverend Mr W[illia]m Hayes rector of Papworth Agnis in the counties of Huntington and Camb: etc [prose letter] [end: From Bowrings Leigh, in West Alvington Parish in the County of Devonshere. August 5th 1662] [letters grouped under one entry in TC]>

Honoured cousin / Although I never affected the title Oa01*21 (pp. 146-8)
I am Sir yours to love and serve you William Hayes
<An answer from Mr W[illia]m Hayes to his nephew Mr G: Cater August 19th. 1662 [prose letter from `Papworth August 19th 1662′]>

Sir / I give you many thanks for your kind letter Oa01*22 (pp. 148-51)
in hopes of sure and certain resurrection to eternal life I am Sir yours etc G: C[ater]
<The answer from G: C[ater] to W[illiam] H[ayes] gent. [prose letter]>

Honoured cousin / I have now conformed and think I have Oa01*23 (pp. 151-3)
I am Sir yours to love serve and honour you William Hayes
<The answer from Mr W[illiam] H[ayes] to G: C[ater] etc. [prose letter from `Papworth Sep: 29th 1662′]>

Sir / For the tardiness of my resolute I humbly beg your pardon Oa01*24 (pp. 154-6)
of the buried glory of the Church of England thinketh Sir your etc G. C.
<From Mr G: C: to Mr W[illiam] Hayes January 3th 1662 [prose letter `From Bowringsleigh Jan 3th 1662′]>

Sir / Decennio parturit elephas sed elephantum Oa01*25 (pp. 157-9)
nor prayers of Sir your affectionately to serve and love you William Hayes
<From Papworth Agnus January 20th 1663 [prose letter]>

Sir / I should think myself happy in any occasion Oa01*26 (pp. 160-1)
for our supply which will for ever oblige Sir yours etc G. C[ater]
<The answer of G: C[ater] to W[illiam] H[ayes] etc [prose letter from `Bowrings Leigh Feb 14th 1663′]>

Honoured cousin / Yours February 14th I received the last week Oa01*27 (pp. 162-4)
at Bowrings Leigh you may command Sir your[s] affectionately to love and serve you William Hayes
<The answer of Mr W[illiam] H[ayes] to Mr G: C[ater] etc [prose letter `From Papworth March 10th 1662′]>

Bold Bacchus must the muses now attend Oa01*28 (pp. 165-7)
Ne’er lion wore an ass’s but thy self alone
<On a good scholar and a good fellow [includes second section `To Him’]>

Traveller stand what I invite thee to Oa01*28.1 (pp. 167-8)
Bring both thy tears and joys to’s grave or neither
<His epitaph [concluding section of previous] [end: per J: S.] [not listed separately in TC]>

Madam / My gratitude thinks you are too kind Oa01*29 (pp. 168-9)
For to beget than ’tis to father be
<An injunction of secrecy. To the most virtuous and beautiful lady, the Lady H— who was pleased to command a copy of the following poem>

Phaeton’s sister though ’twas thy desire Oa01*30 (pp. 169-74)
Can change their own condition when they please
<A satyr. On a Nonconformist’s daughter, who would match to none under the degree of a knight — her master, who she was like to have obtained but at last was rejected and sent to the Exchange>

Here’s your pure love thus must true lovers woo Oa01*31 (pp. 174-6)
Scarce worth a fart and so I owe you nought
<Crepitus ingenii. Or, A poem made on a voluntary escape from a lover; left for his ultimum vale, having newly received a final answer to his amours from the mistress of Charles Stenit in the county of Devon esquire>

Madam / If my friend’s poem in proper season Oa01*32 (p. 177)
What fills their heads with air gives their tails wind
<Gerard’s apology. To the fair and beautiful Lady H— was pleased to command a copy of the ingenious, though unsavoury verses, made by the aforesaid C[harles] S[tenit] esquire etc. A quondam member of the Rump Parliament [not in TC]>

Since that I’ce find by sa’l good wits will jump Oa01*32.1 (pp. 177-8)
Such ladies who delight in musk-cast wit
<Or thus, [cf. `I’ce sorry’ p. 193 in sense of `I is’] [not in TC]>

Woman’s ornament is hair the best of all Oa01*33 (p. 178)
Where Nature’s bush commends the wine
<A motto for a locket of hair>

Hard stools are caused by costive claret Oa01*34 (p. 178)
And when it’s over fuck again
<Another motto for a house of office [not in TC]>

What rub and kiss and on the mistress rest Oa01*35 (pp. 179-81)
No other rhetoric had to gain your end
<On a cast at bowls which happened in a rubber betwixt two parsons>

Sir / Who spares to ask can ne’er expect to speed Oa01*36 (pp. 181-2)
Gives friend occasion to express his love
<A poetic address {Offering uncorr} sent to a Kentish gentleman, for a royal carnal offering (according to promise) to the chamber of joy and gladness in St Dunstan’s coffee- house in Fleetstreet, at the birth a brisk young son of Mars, with a rare and compleat show of generation, to the great approbation of the good mistress of procreation and full content and satisfaction of all the holy sisters in the flesh at first sight etc [end: To Sir, your humble servants Robert Nickson pater familiæ. G: Cater small heroic secretary to the Love Society. Subscribed and attested by Mistress Gymble midwife. Mistress Burrow and Tabitha Birthright Two young wives have newly received the kidny touch of conception] [TC title: An address for venison]>

These most magnetic cliffs our hopes must crown Oa01*37 (p. 183)
And be a friend unto posterity
<Cave venter [end: Subscribed by Tassander } a mane captain well provided with a swinging Tantarra for Love’s Terra incognita. / & Prickadilla } a domestic sharper, who can advance his taylor’s needle or belly tumbler, from an inch to a yard or upward for the good of generation.] [ie. Nickson and Cater?] [Followed by couplet `Whose antidote for black, for brown, or fair, / Love’s crack o’th’ whip – Poets like chameleons feed on air.’] [not in TC]>

Thanks to the goodness Lydia why Oa01*38 (pp. 184-5)
Hate ev’ry cheater’s cloak but keep the lover’s mask
<A mask for Lydia>

Those beams of love which from my heart Oa01*39 (pp. 185-7)
I wish may of his horns like that complain
<To Clarinda despising of him>

When Phillis does in dreams appear Oa01*40 (p. 187)
Must be divine or else a dream
<The dream>

A prison’s but the emblem of a grave Oa01*41 (pp. 188-93)
Returns to his first principles again
<A satyr on a gaoler [TC title: On the gaoler of Newgat[e]]>

Is Wolly’s wife now dead and gone Oa01*42 (p. 193)
A thousand thanks then thou shalt have
<A Jacobite Scot in satyr on England’s unparalleled loss [end: Is the opinion of a false Jacobite loon]>

Dorinda’s sparkling wit and eyes Oa01*43 (pp. 194-5)
She took up with the blind and lame
<A satyr. Or, Dorset on Dorchester>

In vain dear Celinda I lately have strove Oa01*44 (pp. 195-6)
Or his stomach is gone and he cares not to eat
<Captain Buckly’s song to Coll: Ditton’s daughter>

When first in Love’s court fair Eminda was tried Oa01*45 (pp. 197-8)
You to stab in the wound that you gave
<Another love song much about the edges etc>

When beauty doth in all its pomp appear Oa01*46 (pp. 198-9)
Each knows you’ll be enjoyed and hopes by him
<At the sight of a fair lady>

Farthing unconstant proved yet no disgrace Oa01*47 (p. 199)
Venus that you should lose your brazen face
<An extemporary. On Mr Farthing’s unconstancy to his mistress was one of the faires[t] and none of the chastest etc>

What though her sire be but a potter Oa01*48 (p. 200)
Drink the juice and kiss the hole
<On one courting the jug for his mistress in a disconsolate lover’s company>

Here’s artificial beauty to the life Oa01*49 (p. 200)
Enjoys this glorious tulip called fool’s coat
<On a painted lady [end: G: C] [also #69 below] [not in TC]>

Fourth book

A stale virgin pessime olet stinks above ground Oa01*50 (pp. 201-6)
that a horned snail cannot retrieve to puke his slime upon
<A satyric character of scandalous stale virgins [prose text]>

Quoth Louis to James pray tell me the truth Oa01*51 (p. 206)
I got him as Lewis the 13th got you
<In our flying post, Or news letter August 6th 1696. I met with a dialogue betwixt the French king and the late K[ing] James about the pretended Prince of Wales. Thus [after 1688] [2-line question and 2-line reply]>

O lord of hosts hear England’s cry Oa01*52 (p. 207)
Shall still rewarded be
<Some Jacobite satyrs I here present as novelties for your diversion. A satyric psalm on the times written (as I have heard) by a Jacobite lady>

Cloaks for the senate are they say decreed Oa01*53 (p. 208)
‘Twill raise a tax the nation cannot bear
<On the House of Commons>

When British Isle their sovereign lord had left Oa01*54 (p. 208)
Is left and in disastrous battle dies
<A prophecy found amongst Bishop Usher’s papers>

Here ends notwithstanding her specious pretences Oa01*55 (p. 209)
She was too bad a daughter and too good a wife
<An epitaph etc [add (TC): on the late Queen]>

Reverend sir I fain would know Oa01*56 (pp. 209-10)
Then you are all damned infallibly
<A letter sent to Dr Pellin as an apostate of Passive Obedience>

Here lies a peer beneath this place Oa01*57 (pp. 210-11)
That shot him I will say no more
<An epitaph on the Duke of Grafton, killed at the siege of Cork [end of Jacobite satyrs]>

It hath been a laudable practice in other times Oa01*58 (pp. 212-26)
in hope to meet and know her again at the Resurrection
<A funeral oration. Spoken over the grave of the Lady Eliz[abeth] Countess of Essex, by her husband Sir Tho[mas] Higgons at her interment in the Cathedral Church of Winchester September 16th 1656 [prose text]>

Awake awake / Heaven’s winged messenger doth call Oa01*59 (pp. 227-30)
To bid thy lord’s anointed welcome home
<A hymn upon the nativity>

O stay a while and drop a tear Oa01*60 (pp. 230-2)
Into that chaos whence it first took birth
<A hymn upon the passion of our saviour>

Bright Lucifer son of the morning star Oa01*61 (pp. 232-4)
O grave where is thy victory
<A hymn upon the Resurrection [not in TC]>

Lift lift your heads up O ye gates Oa01*62 (pp. 234-7)
For which he humbly wept and died
<A hymn upon the ascension>

Hail day of wonders now we may Oa01*63 (pp. 238-40)
Then in thy rising we shall bear a part
<On Easter Day>

You darker clouds films o’er the glorious eye Oa01*64 (pp. 240-1)
To th’ house that’s builded for my majesty
<On Nebuchadnezzar’s proud speech, Dan: 4.30. Is not this great Babylon … Nebuchadnezzar’s proud speech paraphrased>

Proud dust swelled bubble you whose towering mind Oa01*65 (pp. 241-2)
Teach us to pray Heaven keep such beasts from horns
<Nebuchadnezzar’s pride reproved [not in TC]>

Thy saviour thou canst help eat earn proud brags Oa01*66 (p. 243)
Thy tears to th’ water flowing from his side
<To the papist pleading for merit>

Madam pray cast those glittering stones away Oa01*67 (p. 244)
More fit for your use and yours for me
<To a lady wearing rich (in her ears) pendants>

Thou great Nassau hadst the best wife and queen Oa01*68 (p. 244)
Never have more like her will none be seen
<To K[ing] W[illia]m on the death of our late Q[ueen] Mary [distich] [not in TC]>

Here’s artificial beauty to the life Oa01*69 (p. 245)
Enjoy the glorious tulip called fool’s coat
<On a painted lady [also #49 above]>

Why should the tears our cheeks thus trickle down Oa01*70 (p. 245)
This knight hath lost the spurs but won the crown
<On the death of a knight [not in TC]>

He’s a critic that writes animadversions upon the fairest copies Oa01*71 (pp. 246-7)
are commonly written by the best wits and the best men learn by them
<A character of one that writes characters [prose text] [group heading `Characters’ on p. 245, also in TC]>

The covetous man is a heap of absurdities Oa01*72 (p. 247)
the globe of the world can touch a man’s heart more than in puncto
<The character of a covetous man [prose text]>

The proud man is one who measures his length Oa01*73 (p. 248)
without the sun of true worth and do but portend his certain ruin
<The character of a proud man [prose text]>

The idle person is the devil’s day labourer Oa01*74 (pp. 249-50)
and fixation is one of the devil’s greatest arts in his mystery
<The character of an idle person [prose text]>

Friend / The second epistle of the sixth day of the seventh month Oa01*75 (p. 251)
and so end for this time. Thine in the light Ezekiel
<Letters. The copy of a Quaker’s letter [prose letter]>

Peter / Since thy departure for Jamaica we have seen here Oa01*76 (pp. 252-3)
and the spirit with thee. I remain thy b[r]other Anthony Bion
<Another letter written by a beloved brother in London to one in Jamaica, moved there unto by the spirit [prose letter] [not listed separately in TC]>

Sir / ‘Tis confessed I have offended by my over long long silence Oa01*77 (pp. 254-5)
and continue to love him who is. Yours to the altar etc
<A letter from a gentleman in England to his friend in Venice [prose letter]>

Dear Maudaum / Me ha’ sent me ladies bill so very sheap Oa01*78 (pp. 255-6)
for she thought it would prove a great deal too short and too little
<A letter found in the petticoat pocket of a brisk town lady [prose letter – about a dildo]>

A priest ranging the park did find Oa01*79 (pp. 256-7)
That so no way her soul should find
<On a parson’s swiving a zealous whore in Whetson’s Park>

Salvete par regum impar Oa01*80 (pp. 257-8)
Quam fortunæ semper Ludibrium
<Votum. Pro Jacobo secundo sine regno rege, pro Ludivico 14o sine christianitate christianissimo, Solutum>

Faxit Deus optimus maximus ut uterque terrestri prorsus imperio Oa01*80.1 (p. 258)
quasi nolentes volentes æternum requiescatis
<[no title; prose passage which follows the poem] [not listed separately in TC]>

That author needs must take great pains Oa01*81 (p. 259)
And burned within their sight Sir
<A Jacobite satyr>