Finding Aid for the Ann Yerbury Papers 1729-1753, 1950, 1956

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ann Yerbury Papers,
Date: 1729-1753,
Date: 1950,
Date: 1956
Collection number: MS.1994.002
Creator: Yerbury, Ann
Extent: 2 boxes (16 linear inches)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Poems and prose written by Ann Yerbury between 1729 and 1753 on various themes including illness, religion, friendship, reflections, and death.
Physical Location: Clark Library
Language of Materials: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ann Yerbury Papers, MS.1994.002, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1994.

Biography

Ann Yerbury was the wife of William Yerbury, who was part of a wealthy family of clothiers in the Bristol region of England. The poems, hymns, and prose written on a variety of subjects, gives a view into her life from 1729 to 1753. She was very careful to date and title all her poems.
According to a leatherbound notebook written by Ann's mother, Ann was married on June 24th of 1735 to William Yerbury. Soon after, they moved to London. The births of three of her children were recorded in the notebook: John, born on the 20th of August 1736; Ann, born on the 6th of December 1737; and Mary, born on the 1st of June 1738. Her husband died in 1741. It is possible she is the widow Ann Yerbury of Bradford, Wiltshire, whose will is dated May 30th, 1799, located in the National Archives (UK). Histories of the town of Bradford-on-Avon have given her maiden name as Wereat.

Scope and Content

This collection contains items by and about Ann Yerbury. The majority of items are poems, but there are also three pieces of prose, a notebook of important family events, and a modern newspaper article and letter. The poems and prose range in date from 1729 to 1753. The letter and newspaper article date from 1950 and 1956, respectively.
Original spelling, capitalization, and punctuation were retained in this finding aid. Some poems have additional titles docketed on the versos of the page; this is indicated as "title on verso" in the note field. These verso titles vary slightly in wording, spelling, or capitalization from the heading title at the top of the poem.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged thematically: the modern items, the notebook, poems, and prose. Poems are arranged chronologically, with a separate folder for each year. Only one item is housed in Box 2, as noted below. All other items are housed in Box 1 and are enumerated here by folder and item number only.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Devotional poetry--Early works to 1800
Women poets, English--Early works to 1800

Genres and Forms

Poems--England--18th century


Container List

Folder 1, Item 1

Newspaper Article about Francis Yerbury December 28, 1950

Note

[Western Daily Pr]ess and Bristol Mirror article from December 28, 1950 -- "Notes of the Day" column briefly mentions the Yerbury family in relation to Belcombe Court in Wilshire.
Folder 1, Item 2

Letter about Francis Yerbury July 18, 1956

Note

Letter dated July 18th, 1956 from C.J.S. Nicholl (a chartered land agent in Cardiff) to Mr. Bangham, with a transcription from a grave in Bradford-on-Avon of Francis Yerbury.
Folder 2, Item 1

Small notebook with four pages

Note

A leather notebook with four pages (many preliminary pages were apparently torn out at an early date). Written by Ann Yerbury's mother, it details births, deaths, and marriages in the family. One item reads "My daughter Ann now married to Mr. William Yerbury on the 24th of June 1735 and went to London July the 21st 1935. Her son John was born on the 20th of August 1736. Her daughter Ann was born on Tuesday 6th of December 1737. Her daughter Mary was born the 1st of June 1738."
Box 2, Item 1

Souvenir etching January 30, 1740

Note

A souvenir of the 1739/40 Frost Fair 'printed on the river of Thames when frozen over, January 30, 1739 40,' with an etching by J. Lightbody, and Ann Yerbury's name printed underneath. Frost Fairs were held during particularly cold winters (1683/4, 1739/40 and 1814), originally in 1564 because the River Thames froze over. The winter of 1739/40 was particularly harsh, and is known as the Great Frost.
Folder 4, Item 1

an expostulatary Dialogue between a young Lady & her heart 1729

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: Dialogues between a young Lady & her heart
Folder 4, Item 2

a rapture on Death 1729

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 4, Item 3

a divine song 1729

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 4, Item 4

To a profess'd Libertine 1729

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: To a Libertine
Folder 5, Item 1

some thoughts on redemption 1730

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on Redemption
Folder 5, Item 2

the divine wish 1730

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: a divine wish
Folder 5, Item 3

a divine expostulatory petition 1730

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: a Petition
Folder 6, Item 1

On the Creation 1731

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

"corrected some years after"
Folder 7, Item 1

The Evening Contemplation 1732

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 7, Item 2

The divine reflection & Petition 1732

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 7, Item 3

A mournful soliloquy in the Illness of a Relation 1732

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 7, Item 4

The vision on the late epidemical Distemper 1732

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

"Corrected in 1754."
Folder 7, Item 5

On the Birth, Life & Death, of our Saviour 1732

Physical Description: 1 large trifold sheet
Folder 7, Item 6

a Poem on the Sabbath day 1732

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on the Sabbath day
Folder 8, Item 1

on a storm of thunder and lightning 1733

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on a violent storm of Thunder & Lightning
Folder 8, Item 2

on the melancholy accident of Mr Io: Clavy's shooting off his hand: and address'd to him 1733

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on Mr. Io Clavy
Folder 8, Item 3

a Hymn (to be sung after my own funeral sermon) 1733

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: Hymn to be sung after my funeral sermon
Folder 8, Item 4

The divine vision 1733

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 8, Item 5

Hymn (to be sung before my own funeral sermon) 1733

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: a Hymn to be sung at my Burial
Folder 9, Item 1

a Hymn 1734

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 9, Item 2

The divine Rapture & Soliloquy 1734

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 9, Item 3

a Hymn 1734

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 9, Item 4

a Hymn for the last moments (or this to be sung after) 1734

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: a Hymn for ye last moments
Folder 10, Item 1

on my recovery from an illness in ye spring 1736

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on my Recovery
Folder 10, Item 2

on entering a new Closet 1736

Physical Description: 1 large folded sheet
Folder 10, Item 3

on the first news of Mr Spriggs' being hurt by a fall from his Horse 1736

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on ye news of Mr Sprigg's fall from his Horse
Folder 10, Item 4

on Mr Sprigg's Death, Kill'd by the fall from a Horse. To Celia 1736

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on Mr Spriggs Death
Folder 10, Item 5

on receiving the blessed sacrament 1736

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on the sacrament
Folder 11, Item 1

On the Qeen's Illness 1737

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on Queen Caroline
Folder 11, Item 2

An address to the Supreme Being or petition. On my Childs bruising his finger, which was expected wo'd have thrown him into a feavour. 1737

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Scope and Content Note

Title on verso: on Jackys bruising his finger
Folder 12, Item 1

Cleone to Lucinda in her last moments 1738

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on a young Lady who 'twas thought starv'd her self to Death
Folder 13, Item 1

on Mr Chanler's sons illness 1739

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on Mr Chandler's son
Folder 13, Item 2

on Mr Yerbury's being dangerously ill of a Feavour 1739

Physical Description: 1 large folded sheet
Folder 13, Item 3

a Divine petition, being in Wiltshire at Bradford. And Polly very Ill at nurse. 1739

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on leaving Polly very ill
Folder 14, Item 1

On my Birth Day. Feb 4 ye th 12. 1741 February 12, 1741

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on my Birth day
Folder 15, Item 1

To a Gentleman who desir'd me to write a few lines on Doctor Youngs Night Thoughts 1744

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 15, Item 2

An Address to Heaven, occasiond by Publick Prayers for a Lady suddenly seiz'd with extremity of sickness & Pain, & under a near Prospect of Travail February 17, 1744

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: a Petition for a Lady near her Time & dangerously Ill
Folder 16, Item 1

on a Picture 1745

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 16, Item 2

on being disappointed of ye assistance of a friend in some Distressing Affair 1745

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: on being disappointed of ye assistances of a friend
Folder 16, Item 3

A Hymn on the Sufferings & Death of our Saviour 1745

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: A Hymn for the Lords Supper
Folder 16, Item 4

A Hymn for the late Public Saft. in ye time of the Rebellion 1745

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: a hymn for ye public saft

(Probably about the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745.)
Folder 17, Item 1

a Petition for a Lady under great Disorders 1746

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 17, Item 2

Some reflections in an illness, on that passage of scripture it is sown in dishonour, it is rais'd in Glory 1746

Physical Description: 1 folded sheet
Folder 17, Item 3

a soliloquy on celestial Bliss 1746

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 18, Item 1

Reflections in a Mornings Walk 1747

Physical Description: 1 folded sheet
Folder 18, Item 2

a soliloquy on sudden Death (thoughts occasion'd by my dear Mother's sudden Death) 1747

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 19, Item 1

To the Author of a Scurrilous Elegy unquestionably wrote on a Gentleman Deceas'd about ye time of its appearance 1749

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 20, Item 1

A Hymn on Redemption 1750

Physical Description: 1 sheet plus fragment
Folder 20, Item 2

Some Thoughts in the late terrible Earthquakes 1750

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 20, Item 3

A Paraphrase on the 19th & 20th verses of the 60th Chapter of Isaiah 1750

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 21, Item 1

To Mr Halliday on his Ladys illness 1751

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 21, Item 2

An Ode compos'd in illness. Dec'br 1751 address'd to Lysander 1751

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 22, Item 1

a Hymn on recovery from great Disorders 1753

Physical Description: 1 sheet
Folder 22, Item 2

A Hymn of thankfullness for daily mercys 1753

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Title on verso: a hymn
Folder 22, Item 3

a petition for a Friend dangerously ill 1753

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

"for Dr. Clark"
Folder 23, Item 1

Sacraments 1737, 1738, 1749

Physical Description: 1 booklet

Note

This booklet is 16 pages bound in the original blue paper wrappers. It includes the following: The Lords Prayer. a version; on a Sacrament day, confin'd at home, being near my time; on long absence from ye Sacrament being in ye Country; on the return of the Sacrament [3 versions]; an Evening Soliloquy.
Folder 24, Item 1

Some reflections on Death 1730

Physical Description: 1 folded sheet

Note

Prose.
Folder 24, Item 2

a Theme on the Last Judgement 1732

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Prose.
Folder 24, Item 3

a theme upon reflection 173?

Physical Description: 1 sheet

Note

Prose.