An Elegy on the Death of the pious and charitable…

~ An Elegy on the Death of the pious and charitable James Thompson, Esquire, late of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, who desired to be buried six yards deep, on Sherwood Forest, a Mile from Mansfield. Horncastle, Weir and Son, [n.d., c. 1809-18].

Broadside (360 × 215 mm). Text in double columns, wood engraved urn ornament, greek key borders. Dusty, traces of old folds with minor loss to central rule, touching a few letters, two edges uncut and slightly ragged. Lightly tipped to a paper sheet.

An otherwise unrecorded broadside from Horncastle (Lincs), where according to ESTC James Weir seems to have been the town’s earliest printer, producing a handful of surviving broadsides in the 1790s. His imprint mention his son c. 1809-18. The Elegy notes the death of Thompson’s wife and children in a shipwreck at Lisbon caused by the earthquake (1755).

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